In addition to awards and ratings earned during the 2015-16 school year, this district overview includes notes about partners who invest in our schools and programs that help Plano ISD continue as an outstanding school district in Texas and the nation.
For four 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.
In the 2016 National Merit Scholarship
Program, 78 Plano ISD seniors earned Semifinalist standing with 76 seniors continuing in the competition to earn Finalist standing.
94.6% of Plano ISD graduates pursue higher education.
For 33 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, and has the highest stand-alone credit ratting (Aaa/AA+) carried by any ISD in Texas. Plano ISD maintains a balanced budget and our community passed a 481M bond program in May 2016.
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.
For 2015-16 Plano ISD is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th 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 Education Foundation raised more than $1 million during the 2015-16 school year for programs and services to support quality education across Plano ISD through its annual “SKI Plano” benefit gala, Plano ISD employee campaign, community fundraising drive and gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds raised helped support priority programs that enhance student learning; ensure all students are college ready; recruit, retain and recognize the very best teachers; and support the role of parents and families in student learning. Since 2000, the Foundation has raised more than $12 million toward these efforts. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of business and community leaders.
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.
Since its inception in 2001, Plano ISD's eSchool program has enabled more than 36,000 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 96 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.