On Wednesday, the Canutillo Independent School District announced that the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Educational Productivity (IPE) selected the Northwest Early College High School as a 2015 Honor Roll School.
“We are proud to be recognized by education and business leaders in Texas as an Honor Roll school,” said Tracy Speaker, Principal of Northwest Early College High School.
She added, “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”
Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.
The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award.
Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.
“The connection between economic and educational productivity is very real and critically important,” says Charles Miller, chairman of the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE). “Shining a light on schools that work is a great first step, but we must also learn more about their financial data if we want the biggest bang for our education buck. With accurate academic and financial data, Texas can build a system that rewards productivity by giving schools the flexibility to reallocate resources for maximum student benefit. The Honor Roll is a powerful start.”
“The American education system has a secret. Many schools are doing well … the Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO. “All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success and leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”
The annual Honor Roll award is made possible by support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, AAA, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.
Northwest ECHS is one of 713 public schools in Texas to receive this honor as part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts and the STEM awardees can be found athttp://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX