Eighty Plano ISD seniors earned Semifinalist standing in 2013-14 and 128 seniors earned Semifinalist standing in 2012-13 in the National Merit Scholarship
Program. Each year, these academically talented students continued in the competition
for Finalist standing and $35 million in
For 30 consecutive years, Plano ISD has earned the prestigious
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial
Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and
Canada. For eight consecutive years,
Plano ISD has earned the highest rating of “Superior Achievement” in
Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
The Plano ISD Education Foundation raised more than $1.2 million during the 2012-13 school year for programs
and services to support quality education
in Plano schools, through its
annual “Ski Plano” benefit gala, Plano ISD employee campaign,
parent fundraising drive and gifts from corporations,
foundations and individuals. Since the year 2000, the Foundation has raised more than $7 million to enhance the quality of education in Plano schools.
In accountability ratings reported by the Texas Education Agency for the 2012-13 school year, Plano ISD scored 90% on the new student achievement performance index. All 66 Plano ISD schools "Met Expectations" under the new accountability ratings system. The benchmark for student achievement across the state of Texas was set at 50 by the state's accountability system policy advisory group and other committee members.
Ninety-four percent of Plano ISD graduates pursue higher education.
Plano ISD schools have captured the prestigious National
Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence honor, awarded by the U.S. Department
of Education. Three of the schools have been twice awarded through the national program.
Plano West Senior High School graduates celebrated their achievement at the Dallas Convention Center. Each year, Plano ISD boasts one of the highest performances on college entrance exams
in the nation.
Plano ISD boasts one of the highest performances on college entrance exams
in the nation. A significant number of students take Advanced Placement courses and participate in the International Baccalaureate program and concurrent enrollment. These statistics indicate a strong dedication to work diligently to get more students enrolled in honors and advanced courses.
Plano ISD's three senior high schools have been named in recent years among America's best schools by Newsweek magazine.
Armstrong Middle School was selected among 120 National AVID Demonstration Schools as the result of a national site visit by the AVID Center. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) seeks to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Watch the video.
The National Center for Educational Achievement recognized 17 Plano ISD schools as part of its 2011 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas. The program helps to identify, celebrate and share insights from higher performing schools nationwide, examining student achievement in math, reading, writing, science and social studies.
Two Plano ISD schools captured 2012 Promising Practice awards through the national Character Education Partnership (CEP). Thomas Elementary School's Anti-Bullying Rally and Campaign and Plano West Senior High School Theatre's "Save a Life" play were awarded by CEP.
Plano ISD was awarded as one of the "Best 100 Communities for
Music Education in America" in surveys conducted by several
national music and education organizations. Plano ISD has made this list each year since the start of the program in 1999.
The Jasper High School Choir (pictured) was among four Plano ISD music groups to earn "Mark of Excellence" awards for their 2011 performance recordings that were judged in a national competition hosted by the Foundation for Music Education. Also awarded were the Plano East Senior High School Wind Ensemble, Shepton High School Chamber Orchestra and the Murphy Middle School Symphonic Band.
Nine schools were named to the 2011 Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll. TBEC identifies Honor Roll Schools by analyzing three years of performance data for every public school in Texas. Honor Roll schools have the highest percentage of students performing at the state’s most rigorous standard in every subject on state-mandated tests.
Plano ISD was named a first place winner in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 17th annual Magna Awards program in the over 20,000 enrollment category. The district created a equipped with 13 computers and is sending it into local neighborhoods in and around eight high-poverty elementary schools.
Since its inception in 2001, Plano ISD's eSchool program has enabled more than 11,000 students to take high school courses online, on their own time, wherever access is available to the Internet and a computer. Students enrolled in eSchool have achieved an overall passing rate of 98 percent.
The school district's website and online instructional
center have captured top state and national
awards for innovation in design and user-friendliness.