Judy Everett Ramos, 817-399-2025

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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 as one of top four school districts in the state, based on 2006 test data.

ERG analyzes the 200 largest districts, which enroll 83 percent of the 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 among four school districts in Texas to receive top honors.

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 strong student performance and overall operating efficiency means that HEB ISD is giving parents and taxpayers the most bang for the buck,” Buinger said.

HEB ISD shares “Best Practices” status with Richardson ISD, the only other Metroplex district to be named to the top four. The other two districts are Angleton ISD, in the greater Houston area, and Eagle Pass ISD, located southwest of San Antonio, on the Texas-Mexico border.

ERG uses academic, demographic, staffing, and financial data to determine “Best Practices” districts. They use an Academic Performance Index that includes TAKS pass rate; graduation rates; SAT mean scores; and ACT mean 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.

HEB ISD has achieved a Level One in academics and in finance, along with the other three districts in Texas named to the top four.

Charts: 2005-2006 Texas Academic and Financial Best Practice Matrix, HEBISD Progress since 2000

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