College Board names NEISD District of the Year
Out of nearly 15,000 school districts in the United States, North East Independent School District (NEISD) was recognized for being a leader in the nation for growing its Advanced Placement courses while improving exam scores. More students now have the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. And more students are successfully passing those classes.
NEISD was honored as District of the Year at an award assembly at Churchill High School Monday, Mar. 4. Click here to watch.
"Today is a true celebration for North East," said Janna Hawkins, NEISD Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Technology Services/CIO.
NEISD was presented with a plaque and $10,000 award for being named a College Board Advanced Placement® Equity and Excellence District of the Year for being the nation’s leader, among large school districts.
"It is nice to see our hard work and dedication paying off," said Dr. Brian Gottardy, NEISD Superintendent. "Thank you to all the AP teachers and students."
NEISD was called a "breaker of educational rules" for being able to grow the AP program by hundreds of students while achieving significantly better test scores. More of the traditionally underserved minority AP students are also enrolling and successfully completing college courses.
Jocelyn Gonzalez, Roosevelt High School AP student, shared her story at the assembly. She told the crowd that she is the daughter of immigrant parents who moved here to give her a better life. She said she struggled in elementary school because she didn't know the language. She shared that she was almost moved to special education classes in elementary school because her teachers thought she had a learning disability. She credits her fifth grade teacher for recognizing her talents and encouraging her. Jocelyn will graduate this year from Roosevelt Summa Cum Laude. She'll attend Texas A&M University. She has secured $31,000 in scholarships already. She'll also be the first in her family to go to college.
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NEISD accepts the College Board Advanced Placement award.
Bradley Middle School band plays during morning reception.
Huebner Elementary School choir sings National Anthem at assembly.
Posted on Mar. 4, 2013