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December 18th, 2009
Bowie, SMHS recognized by NCEA


Bowie Elementary School Principal Karen McGowen and San Marcos High School (SMHS) Principal Michelle Darling learned late last week that their campuses have been recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA).  The awards are part of the 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas.

The criteria for the awards  is based on growth and college and career readiness (CCR). Bowie was selected for advancements in math and SMHS  was chosen for growth in social studies.

Schools recognized for growth achieved better improvement rates for their students based on the comparison of other schools with similar demographics. Schools recognized for CCR are the top five percent of schools in the state, based on the percentage of students scoring at or above NCEA’s College and Career Readiness targets.

The two principals will attend a recognition ceremony on Jan. 19 at James Bowie High School’s Starlight Theater in Austin. They will receive their awards from a Texas legislator, hear from superintendents and principals of other higher performing schools and share insights on their successful practices with researchers.

Speakers  at the January  event  include State Senator Florence Shapiro, State Representative Rob Eissler, and State Representative Diane Patrick. After some panel discussions, participants will learn more about NCEA research and resources to assist school systems. San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer will attend with McGowan and Darling.

More information on Just for the Kids Higher Performing Schools in Texas is available at

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  1. Congratulations. Enough awards for better improvement rates may just lead to some awards for better overall performance. It is nice to see forward momentum.

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