The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) has named Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School to their 2009 list of Higher Performing Schools. LCM High School has received this honor in recognition of continuous improvement in Science Education.

Since 1999, the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) and its affiliated research teams have studied public schools across the country in an effort to identify successful programs and to study how the practices in high-performing schools differ from those in average or low-performing schools. Criteria used in school selection in the current study included three years of state assessment data in science, campus demographic make-up, percentage of economically disadvantaged students, school size, and geographic location. In addition, all of the schools selected for participation met the state and federal requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The NCEA studies these schools in an attempt to identify practices that will prove useful in improving other schools.

According to Dr. Terri Estes, principal LCM High School, “Having LCM High School named to the 2009 Higher Performing School list is a great honor.  We have a dedicated team of teachers in place that are not only experts in their field, but are wonderful instructional leaders.  I am very proud of them and of our students.  It is exciting to have all of their hard work and success recognized by such a prestigious organization.” 

As part of this recognition, representatives from LCM High School traveled to Houston on Jan. 20 to share insights with NCEA researchers regarding the practices that make LCM High School successful. Panels of leading superintendents and principals of higher performing schools participated in a discussion of effective educational practices and instructional strategies. The certificate of recognition was presented to LCM High School science teachers by State Representative Rob Eissler, chair of the House Public Education Committee and representatives from NCEA.