Conroe ISD was again named a five-star district by the Texas Smart School's organization in 2018. Conroe ISD is one of three school districts in the state to earn the five-star rating for the past 9 years, since the awards inception. The district was recognized for both “Very High Academic Progress” at or above 88% of all districts and “Very Low Spending” compared to fiscal peers.
TXSmartSchools uses recognized statistical methods to create better, more apples-to-apples, comparison measures for spending and academic growth. As explained by on their website, the key to understanding and improving schools and school districts is being able to make fair and helpful comparisons among them. For schools to improve, they need to learn from the best practices of similarly situated schools, not be told to adopt some one-size-fits-all notion of the academic ideal.
“It is not especially useful to tell schools with a high proportion of English Language Learners (ELL) to emulate the best practices of schools that do not have any ELL students. It also does not help much to tell a district with fewer than 1,000 students to adopt staffing practices that work well in a district with 75,000 students.”
Two key dimensions for comparison include academic progress and real expenditures. The
TXSmartSchools methodology aims to identify schools and districts where:
• Students perform better than would be expected given their demographics and previous
• Educational expenditures are lower than would be expected given their cost
Schools and districts that stand out in both dimensions—high performing and low spending– are highlighted as best practitioners. This breakdown is exactly why Conroe ISD’s achievement of 5 stars is so commendable.
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