McKinney ISD Performance Analysis

Last month, McKinney ISD announced that:

“McKinney ISD in large part outperformed state averages on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests, according to statewide results released Monday.”

Gordon Butler, McKinney ISD’s Director of Program Evaluation added later:

“The expectation of our parents and other stakeholders is that we should outperform the state average, that’s just a given.”

But according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, Texas has the lowest high school completion rate (80.3%) of any state in the nation.

This parent and stakeholder, finds this information greatly disturbing.

How is it possible that a school district in one of the riches counties in the United States and the city rated as the “Number 2 Best Places to Live”, has a school system that accepts mediocrity?

As a parent of two McKinney ISD graduates, I had always had the perception that McKinney had high quality schools. I decided to investigate the performance of our school district. I was astounding by the results.

Deteriorating Academic Performance

Since 2005, the TAKS test results for McKinney have been in steady decline, across all measurable categories, when compared to the state average.

Since 2005

McKinney ISD passing rate, compared to the state average, is declining across all categories.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
All Tests Taken 23 20 15 13 12 10 9
Reading/ELA 11 8 6 4 4 5 4
Writing 6 5 4 2 3 3 3
Mathematics 18 16 12 10 8 7 6
Science 18 19 15 13 11 9 8
Social Studies 8 9 6 5 4 3 3
African American 21 19 14 12 9 9 7
Hispanic 15 14 8 6 3 2 1
White 15 13 10 8 7 6 6
Other 11 10 5 4 2 3 3
Economically Disadvantaged 14 14 7 3 2 2 -1
Exit-Level Cumulative Pass Rate 8 9 2 9 6 3 3

Note that in 2005, McKinney students had a passing rate 23% higher than the state average. By 2011, that rate has dropped to 9%.

The yellow highlighted section shows that pass rate for Economically Disadvantaged students in 2011 was worse than the state average!

We Need to Spend More Money on Education!!!

The first reaction of our government to solve a problem is to throw money at it.

Indeed, our McKinney ISD is “Facing Massive Budget Deficit” and our school board wants to “Raise Property Taxes in McKinney” from $1.54 to the maximum legal limit of $1.67.

McKinney ISD has historically been near the state maximum Tax Rate, as noted below. The rate drop occurred after the 2005 Texas Supreme Court ruling that the property tax system that supported the state’s public schools was unconstitutional, forcing the legislature to find other funding mechanisms.

Tax Rate

The reasons why Frisco is included shall be discussed, along with more of my research into McKinney ISD.

Stay Tuned!

Links for Additional Research

Curtis Rath
The Right View

McKinney ISD Board of Trustees
Bobby Amick
Amy Dankel
Kathi Livezey
Wade Johnson
Maria McKinzie
Curtis Rippee
Lynn Sperry

MISD Profile and Statistics

McKinney ISD Financial Information

Academic Excellence Indicator System

Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts

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