In addition to awards and ratings earned during the 2014-15 school year, this district overview includes notes about partners who invest in our schools and programs that help Plano ISD "make its mark" as an outstanding school district in Texas and the nation. For statistics comparing Plano ISD and neighboring districts, view the data dashboard on this website.
For three consecutive years, Plano ISD and all 66 of its rated schools “Met Standard” in all applicable state indices on state mandated STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests. District and campus scores were well above state targets, with several schools earning distinction. Read accountability reports here.
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees was selected as one of five 2014 Honor Boards awarded by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). The seven trustees and Superintendent Richard Matkin (retired) were recognized for capturing the award at the first general assembly of the recent TASA/TASB annual state convention held in Dallas. At the same convention, Trustee Missy Bender was presented with a Celebration of Leadership award by Leadership TASB Alumni.
In the 2015 National Merit Scholarship
Program, 78 Plano ISD seniors earned Semifinalist standing with 74 seniors continuing in the competition to earn Finalist standing.
94.6% 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.
For 32 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
For 11 consecutive years,
Plano ISD has earned the highest rating of “Superior Achievement” in
Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas)
Plano ISD Financial Services Executive Director Linda Madon (center) is pictured with colleagues Kathy Waskow, director of construction and special revenue, and Christie Tate, director of accounting and budget.
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 is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees was selected as one of five 2014 Honor Boards awarded by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Trustees were recognized at the annual state convention of TASA and TASB (Texas Association of School Boards). Also at the convention, Missy Bender was presented with a Celebration of Leadership award by Leadership TASB Alumni.
Pictured at the May, 2015, school board meeting are Javier Moreno, Toyota; Plano ISD Trustees Carrolyn Moebius, Tammy Richards and Nancy Humphrey; Michael Rouse, Toyota; Trustees Missy Bender, Marilyn Hinton and David Stolle.
Due to its commitment to Plano and education, in October 2014, Toyota began a partnership with Plano ISD with a $1,000,000 donation to the Academy Programs of Plano through the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Donors continue to support multi-year pledges, with The Heart Hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian and Methodist Richardson Medical Center supporting three to five year pledges to support the Academy Programs of Plano and Metroplex Technology, DCS Global, Plano Rotary and Southwest Airlines pledging support over five years to support Plano ISD. In February 2014 Plano ISD employees donated a total of $104,023 to the Plano ISD Education Foundation through the district's annual employee fundraising drive.
The Plano ISD Education Foundation raised more than $1.7 million during the 2014-15 school year for programs and services to support quality education across the Plano school district, 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 $9 million to enhance the quality of education in Plano schools.
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 Rice Middle School Ravens Band captured the exclusive 2014 John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Cup, a prestigious national award typically presented to no more than one or two middle school bands in the world each year. Earning the award required an extensive evaluation process of the Rice band spanning several years.
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.
Among many other benefits, Plano ISD offers its teachers two employee childcare centers, on-site professional development, comprehensive health program, employee assistance program, teacher-driven curricula development, teacher mentor program and bilingual stipends.
The school district's website and online instructional
center have captured top state and national
awards for innovation in design and user-friendliness.