In a report on a national ten-year study, San Marcos CISD (SMCISD) was listed as one of 50 “over-achieving” school districts. The study, called “Diplomas Count 2009,” was released by Education Week, an annual publication by Bethesda, MD, based Editorial Projects in Education (EPE).
According to the study, SMCISD has the number seven position in the nation for the ten-year trend in graduation rates. EPE predicted the graduation rate growth to be plus five percent.
The report identified a pool of school districts that matched the profile of the nation’s largest urban centers. Based on the data, which was collected from 1996 to 2006, districts that demonstrated the highest graduation rates and growth, relative to expectations based on their demographic and structural characteristics, were singled out for further study.
“The report provides detailed data on graduation rates for the nation, all 50 states, and every school district,” said Nell Bang-Jansen of EPE. “The report also focuses on students’ academic preparedness for postsecondary education, or ‘college readiness.’ It examines the type of academic preparation students receive, strategies for measuring readiness, and ways to hold schools accountable. Diplomas Count 2009 also tracks graduation policies and presents a new graduation-rate analysis that explores improvements and performance relative to expectations.”
“This national study and subsequent report validates what we’ve known in our hearts all along: that San Marcos CISD educators are working hard to see that our community’s youth graduate prepared to face life both college and career-ready,” said SMCISD Superintendent Patty Shafer. “It validates that our children are working hard and are focused on acquiring a quality education and their high school diploma, and it validates the outstanding support that parents, families, and the community give to their local children and teachers. Since this is a ten-year study, it is evident that SMCISD is finally being recognized for the ‘exemplary’ district that it is and has been for a long time.”
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