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Lancaster ISD Receives Commit! Partnership Bright Spot Award

Dallas, TX/Lancaster ISD – The Lancaster Independent School District was recognized at the Commit! Partnership Annual Dallas County Scorecard Achievement event on Thursday, March 2 with the first annual Commit! Bright Spot Award.

Recognized for the best performance over the 5-years that Commit! has been measuring academic success across the county, Lancaster ISD has seen a 12 percent gain across Commit’s ‘Cradle-to-Career indicators’, and a 3 percent decline in income based achievement gaps. In total, 614 more students are meeting key benchmarks from Kindergarten readiness through high school graduation rate in Lancaster ISD.

“Lancaster ISD had the highest growth rate of student achievement across our indicators ranging from Kindergarten readiness to high school graduation.” explained Sagar Desai, Chief Operating Officer of the Commit! Partnership. “The other key factor was Lancaster’s success in helping low-income students achieve at levels commensurate with their peers.”

Lancaster ISD Superintendent Michael McFarland attributes the district’s success to a culture of student achievement originating from the board of trustees, an intentional focus on getting the right campus leaders, targeted STEM efforts, and a continual focus on data to drive to student growth.

“We are thankful for our partners, Texas Instruments and Educate Texas, who have worked with us as we’ve designed a K-12 STEM for All Model which has transformed choices and opportunities for our students and their families,” he said. “We started as a school district, city and community representing the best, I believe, of what collective impact can produce and I am proud of our work. We set out to improve a school district, but what we’ve done is transform our community.”

Only one other school district in Dallas County matched Lancaster ISD’s performance since the inception of the Partnership, and that was Irving ISD.

The cradle-to-career indicators included in this measurement are kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading, 4th grade math, 8th grade science, algebra 1, college readiness, and high school graduation. These indicators were determined based on best practices and input from community leaders across the country as the key measures for student success across their K-12 academic career.

The Commit! Partnership is a non-profit that helps drive student achievement in Dallas County from cradle to career by analyzing where help is needed, activating what is working, and growing capacity and capabilities on a system level. For more information visit commit2dallas.org.

For additional inquiries regarding Commit! and the Bright Spot award, please contact Media Contact: Rob Shearer at shearer@commit2dallas.org or at 214-882-5787.

The Lancaster Independent School District serves more than 7,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. Our vision is that all students achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy. And our mission, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.