West ISD Facts
- Senior, Cade Fleaher, was named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Cade is among 16,000 academically talented students who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million to be awarded next spring. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill academic and application requirements to advance to the finalist level of competition. Of the estimated 90 percent of the semifinalists who achieve finalist standing, approximately one half will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
- West ISD is a Texas High Performance Consortium Associate School District.
- West High School finished tied for 6th place in the University Scholastic League (UIL) Lone Star Cup. This finish is the highest in the history of West High School.
Teacher.org ranked West ISD as the 36th best school district for Teacher Support in all of Texas. The criteria used to assess how well a school district supports their teachers centered on student class size, administrator and support staff availability, and student proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. Only 419 school districts in Texas made the rankings, so we appreciate this special recognition from this organization.
Educational Results Partnership, or Edresults.org, notified West ISD that both West Middle School and West High School were named Texas Honor Roll campuses. This Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle, and high schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition also includes college readiness in students. Only 713 campuses were recognized in Texas for this honor, and two West ISD campuses made the list.
The U.S. News and World Report recently issued their annual ratings and rankings of the top high schools in the United States. The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college. U.S. News informed us that West High School achieved the Bronze Medal for high-performance in student achievement. This rating moved West High School into the top 30% of all high schools across the country. To produce the 2016 Best High Schools rankings, North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
West Middle and High School were named a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and will serve as demonstration schools and learning labs, which develop innovative methods to improve science and math instruction across the state and nation. T-STEM Academies focus on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who consider studying and entering STEM career fields after high school. T-STEM campuses are designated based on a rigorous application process. Once a campus receives the designation, professional development and technical assistance are provided by the state, and the campus is highlighted as a showcase site for innovative instruction. There are only one-hundred and twenty-one T-STEM sites in Texas, and West Middle and High School is one of them. Also, there are only five in central Texas. The T-STEM Blueprint Benchmarks include mission-driven leadership, an on-going T-STEM culture, student outreach and retention in the STEM fields, teacher development and retention, a strong curriculum framework, effective teaching and learning strategies and practices, and strategic alliances with STEM higher education partners and corporations.
The following link highlights all district snapshot state accountability data since 1994: Texas Education Agency Snapshot of West ISD from 1994 through Present