Woodland Heights Elementary School has been listed in “Texas Monthly” magazine as one of the best schools in Texas for the second consecutive year.
“We’re pretty excited,” Principal Bob Turner said Wednesday. “We received this honor, and the campus is also one of six schools in Texas to be named a finalist as a National Title I Distinguished School.”
Turner said Woodland Heights continues to be ranked as an “exemplary” campus by the Texas Education Agency, a distinction the school has held since TAKS results were part of the criteria.
“The teachers have worked very hard, and the students have worked very hard,” Turner said. “The kids read so much that it helps them in everything, even in math. They are learning to read, and then the Reading Renaissance program makes them readers. There’s a difference to knowing how to read and becoming a reader.”
“Woodland Heights Elementary is a wonderful school for children,” Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, said. “Everyone works together to promote student success and the results speak for themselves. This is quite an honor to be recognized as one of the best schools in Texas.”
The results are published in the December edition of “Texas Monthly.” This is the fourth time the magazine has published its list of the top public schools in Texas, and the second year in a row the higher-performing schools in the state have been presented according to the number of subjects — reading, writing, math and science — in which they excel, magazine officials said in an e-mailed statement.
“Our partner in this effort is once again the National Center for Educational Accountability, formerly Just For Kids, which analyzed student test results for the past three years as the basis for this year’s ranking. Students at the elementary schools that are included here performed better, across all grades, on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test than did their counterparts at other school across the state.”
Using the NCEA’s College and Career Readiness benchmark, the top 5 percent of schools are automatically included, and others are added because they perform better than predicted using statistical analyses, the statement said. A detailed explanation of the methodology behind the ranking can be found at www.just4kids.org.