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The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Goodnight Middle School as a 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School. Goodnight received a Higher Performing (HP) recognition in Reading, based on growth.

The Higher Performing Schools (formerly known as Just for the Kids Schools) are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth) and/or absolute student achievement using the school’s Commended Performance results on the spring 2009-2011 TAKS test. Both measures identify schools that perform unusually well given the student demographics they serve. For a complete description of the analysis, visit the Higher Performing Schools page on the NCEA web site at

“The presence of the district’s school on the 2011 NCEA Higher Performing Schools list not only demonstrates its belief that all students are capable of graduating prepared for college and careers, but also its commitment to making it happen,” said Angela Hall Watkins, assistant vice president and managing director of NCEA/ACT, Inc., in a congratulatory letter to SMCISD Superintendent Mark E. Eads.

According to the NCEA, their Higher Performing Schools list is a more select group of schools that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) list. In 2011, TEA identified over 47 percent of Texas Schools as Exemplary or Recognized. By comparison, the 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School list identifies approximately 11 percent of the state’s public schools.

NCEA will provide a certificate of achievement to Goodnight Middle School.

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