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Posted: 10/1/2008 


HEB ISD Named Top District in the State


Education Resource Group (ERG), a company that annually examines the student performance and operating efficiency of the 200 largest Texas public school districts, has named the HEB ISD the top school district in the state, based on state test data and financial audit information from the 2006-2007 school year.

ERG analyzes the 200 largest districts, which enroll the majority of students who attend Texas public schools. The ERG analysis measures the relationship between operating expenditures and student achievement. Based on their most recent analysis, HEB ISD was the only district in Texas to receive the highest honor.

HEB ISD was named what Education Resource Group designates as a "Best Practices" district. Superintendent Dr. Gene Buinger said this honor means the district is serving students, parents, and the greater HEB community.

"The combination of increasing student performance and low operating costs means that HEB ISD is giving parents and taxpayers the most bang for the buck," Buinger said.

ERG uses academic, demographic, staffing, and financial information to determine "Best Practices" districts. The academic information includes TAKS pass rate; graduation rates; SAT scores; and ACT scores.

The company uses financial data to measure operating costs in relation to student demographics. The financial data make adjustments for regional cost differences in Texas.

ERG uses an accountability matrix to determine school district rankings across the largest 200 districts. There are four levels in the Academic Performance Index and four levels in Operating Efficiency. Level One in each area results in the highest rankings.

While four other school districts achieved a Level One in academics and in finance, HEB ISD had the highest Level One score in the state, closest to the bottom left corner of the data chart (pdf).



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