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NCAS helps area schools boost academic performance

by Joan Vasbinder, Director, National Center for Accelerated Schools    |    September 02, 2015

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Two area schools increased their academic performance on the 2015 Texas Education Agency Accountability Summary Performance Index Report as a result of their work with the National Center for Accelerated Schools (NCAS), a center housed in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.


Hart Elementary School, in the Hart Independent School District, and Meadowland Charter School, in Boerne, Texas, met and surpassed the Texas Education Agency’s target accountability scores for 2015. Both schools began working with the NCAS last year.


“The faculty and staff at both schools were committed to making the changes necessary to improve student achievement, raise student progress, close the performance gap and improve postsecondary readiness,” said Joan Vasbinder, director of the National Center for Accelerated Schools. “Through their commitment and work, these campuses have made substantial gains.”


Each year, the Texas Education Agency assesses the academic accountability of elementary, middle and high schools within the state of Texas using four indexes: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness. These four indexes help determine if the school has met the academic standards set forth by the state.


“Accelerated Schools offers a clear, deliberate and sustainable process facilitated by on-site coaching support and on-going professional development,” said Vasbinder. “We engage the community, administrators, staff, teachers, parents, students, and others to develop the best school possible for their learning community.”


This year, Hart Elementary School earned academic distinctions in science.


“We are very proud at how far these schools have come over the last year,” said Vasbinder. “The scores they received are reflective of the schools’ hard work and dedication.”


The Accelerated Schools Project was founded in 1986 by Dr. Henry M. Levin at Stanford University to help improve the academic achievement of students. Over the years, the project has successfully worked with over 1,500 schools.


“Our staff works with each campus on developing their leadership capacity to build long-term, sustainable success,” said Vasbinder. “From district-wide strategies to customized campus plans to professional development services, the NCAS provides the training, tools, and on-going support to schools to improve the academic achievement of all students.”


For more information, visit the National Center for Accelerated Schools website.



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