Seven EPISD schools have been named to the Inaugural 2015 Texas Honor Roll by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE).
Collins, Guerrero, Lamar and Polk elementary schools, Richardson Middle School, Silva Health Magnet and Transmountain Early College High School are among the 713 schools on this year’s Honor Roll. These schools were selected after an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in Texas and were clear leaders in getting students to grade level proficiency and beyond.
“The honor is a validation for all the hard work, dedication, and high expectations set by our faculty, staff, and students,” said TMECHS principal Dr. Blanca Garcia.
Polk Elementary also is proud of the recognition.
“It is an honor for Polk to receive this recognition. It validates the efforts and hard work of students, teachers and parents,” principal Sandra Spivey said. “Our school strives to provide the best learning environment and quality instruction. Polk takes pride in maintaining a culture of high expectations for all students.”
The 2015 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, K-8 and high for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition includes high college readiness in students.
The inaugural Texas Honor Roll recognized higher performing, higher poverty schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and for closing achievement gaps.
“I am really excited and happy for this honor that belongs to the faculty and staff at Richardson for their commitment to our students,” principal Joseph Manago said. “Its is a true reflection of their dedication to the academic success of our students.”
Through national research, ERP identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college and career.