Two high schools and four elementary schools in the El Paso Independent School Districts joined more than 400 other campuses in the state that earned all possible distinctions in the 2016 state accountability ratings.
Silva Health Magnet and Transmountain Early College high schools, along with Hughey, Collins, Cielo Vista and Polk elementary schools received all of the distinctions for which they qualified.
“We continue to focus on future readiness and next-generation learning here in EPISD,” Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “It’s obvious that our efforts to concentrate more on quality teaching and learning, and less on standardized testing, is paying off with good overall results for our students.”
Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics.
The seven distinction designations are:
• Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
• Academic Achievement in Mathematics
• Academic Achievement in Science
• Academic Achievement in Social Studies
• Top 25 Percent: Student Progress
• Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps
• Post Secondary Readiness
In addition to the six campuses that earned all possible distinctions, another 8 schools in the District earned all but one of the distinctions available to them. A total of 54 EPISD schools earned at least one distinction.
“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride in a community,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.