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Posted: 4/1/2010 

HEB ISD #1 in State Four Years Running

Education Resource Group (ERG), a company that annually examines the student performance and operating efficiency of the 200 largest Texas public school districts, has once again named the HEB ISD the top school district in the state, based on state test data and financial audit information from the 2008-2009 school year. This is the fourth year in a row that HEB ISD has received this designation. No other school district in Tarrant or Dallas counties received this honor.

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. 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.

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. This makes HEB ISD a "1:1" district for achieving Level One status in both academic and financial performance.
ERG uses academic, demographic, staffing, and financial information to determine "Best Practices" districts. The academic information includes TAKS commended scores; 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.

Chart - ERG Performance Matrix

Education Resource Group (ERG) tracks student academic performance and financial performance for the 200 largest public school districts in Texas. Each district receives a rating based on the ERG data analysis. The best rating a district may receive is Level One. Districts that receive a Level One rating in student performance and a Level One rating in operating efficiency are placed in the 1-1 box, in the bottom left corner. The best location is in the corner itself, where the 0 and 0 meet. HEB ISD is illustrated by the red dot, closest to the left corner. Based on the 2008-2009 data, HEB ISD is spending less and performing better than the average school district in Texas. Lower cost with increased student performance gives parents and patrons the best "bang for the buck."

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