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Gerard Elementary and Marti Elementary were named to the National Center for Educational Achievement 2011 Higher Performing Schools List for Texas.

The annual list recognizes Texas public schools that are most successful at preparing students for college and careers. Honored campuses are those that have consistently outperformed schools with similar student populations over a three-year period—2008-09; 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Identification as a higher performing school is based on one or both of two measures: academic growth of students and/or achievement of students on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Commended standard.

This was the third consecutive year that Gerard had been selected as a Higher Performing School. The school was honored again in 2011 for student performance on the fourth-grade writing TAKS, based on academic growth. Ninety-eight percent of Gerard fourth-graders met the TAKS writing standard, with 47 percent receiving Commended Performance honors.

“From their first day in writing class to the end of the year, the writing skills of the students are taken to a whole new level, from their use of descriptive words to sentence construction to editing what they have written.”

The National Center for Educational Achievement utilizes a more selective process than that used in the Texas Education Agency’s Accountability rating system. A little more than 10 percent of the schools in Texas are named to the Higher Performing Schools List.

NCEA, formerly known as “Just for the Kids” began identifying Higher Performing Schools in 1998. The 2011 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List for Texas can be viewed at