West ISD Facts and Accolades
- West ISD implemented the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum at Kindergarten through Grade 12.
- West ISD was named a 2017 Best Communities for Music Education by The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. West ISD is one of 4% of districts across the nation received this prestigious award. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This award recognizes that West ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). That 4% mark means we are one of only 527 school districts in the entire nation (all school district sizes) to earn this honor.
- Senior, Cade Fleaher, was named a National Merit Finalist in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Cade is among 8,000 academically talented students across the nation who received this honor.
- 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 Silver Medal for High-Performance in Student Achievement. This rating moved West High School into the top 10% of all high schools across the country. To produce the 2017 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