Last month, McKinney ISD announced that:
Gordon Butler, McKinney ISD’s Director of Program Evaluation added later:
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.
McKinney ISD passing rate, compared to the state average, is declining across all categories.
|MISD vs. STATE|
|All Tests Taken||23||20||15||13||12||10||9|
|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.
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.
The reasons why Frisco is included shall be discussed, along with more of my research into McKinney ISD.
Links for Additional Research
The Right View https://rathpack.wordpress.com/
MISD Profile and Statistics
McKinney ISD Financial Information
Academic Excellence Indicator System
Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts