New York, NY (PRWEB) April 6, 2010
The Ysleta Independent School District in Texas earned a spot as one of five finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, an annual $2 million award honoring districts that demonstrate the best student performance while reducing achievement gaps. The announcement drew praise from officials at Pearson, the global leader in education and education technology.
"The Ysleta Independent School District is a leader in the nation in the education of urban children, relentlessly focused on its students and the academic levels they are capable of reaching," said Raymond Ward, Pearson's vice president for Texas. "The people of Ysleta should be proud of their teachers and students, and we congratulate them on this impressive accomplishment."
The winner of The Broad Prize, to be announced Oct. 19, will receive $1 million in college scholarships for high school seniors graduating in 2011. The four other districts will each receive $250,000 in college scholarships. Having been named as a finalist, Ysleta ISD is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.
Among the reasons that Ysleta was chosen as a 2010 Broad Prize finalist:
- In 2009, Ysleta outperformed other Texas districts that serve students with similar family incomes in reading and math at all school levels (elementary, middle and high school), according to The Broad Prize methodology.
- In 2009, Ysleta's Hispanic and low-income students achieved higher average proficiency rates than their counterparts statewide in reading and math at all school levels.
- In 2007 (the most recent year for which graduation data were available), Ysleta's average graduation rate for its Hispanic students was 70 percent, the fifth-highest graduation rate for Hispanic students among the 100 school districts eligible for The Broad Prize.
- In 2009, 88 percent of Ysleta's seniors participated in the SAT exam, the highest participation rate of the 100 districts eligible for The Broad Prize. In addition, 79 percent of Ysleta's Hispanic seniors participated in the SAT exam, the highest participation rate for Hispanic students of Broad Prize-eligible districts.
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