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3 Ysleta ISD Schools Earn spot on Prestigious Texas Honor Roll

Three campuses in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) were among 727 in the state to be named to the 2016 Texas Honor Roll after demonstrating high levels of academic achievement and reductions in achievement gaps during state testing last spring.

The honor-roll campuses are Ramona and Eastwood Heights elementary schools, and Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS). Earlier this year, VVECHS was nominated for the 2017 national Blue Ribbon award, and is the top-ranked public school in El Paso, according to two national publications.

The Texas Honor Roll, compiled by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), analyzes data from the Texas Academic Performance Report to identify public elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate 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 measures of college readiness.

The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the Star Schools Award and Scholar Schools Award. All three YISD schools were recognized as Star Schools, or those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.

“The Honor Roll proves that all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success,” said Jim Lanich, President and Chief Executive Officer of ERP. “School and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”

Honor Roll researchers say they have identified a common set of success factors in higher performing schools, which include:

 Clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices;

 Establishing a 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.

Honor Roll schools will receive a banner to display on their campuses and be featured on the ERP website, where educators and policymakers seek out high-performing schools so they can replicate success.

A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found HERE.

Five Socorro ISD Campuses earn 2016 Texas Honor Roll Distinction

Five Socorro Independent School District campuses have earned the 2016 Texas Honor Roll distinction by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Educational Productivity (IPE) for their high levels of student achievement and college readiness efforts among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

“I’m extremely proud of our five Texas Honor Roll Schools,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “The honor is a result of the passion and devotion as a district to treat and educate all students as if they were our own children.”

Mission Early College High School, Benito Martinez, Elfida P. Chavez, Horizon Heights and Loma Verde elementary schools were five of 727 campuses in Texas to receive the award out of more than 1,240 public school districts in the state.

Team SISD had the most schools in the region selected for the honor.

The Texas Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and replicate its best practices to improve outcomes for students.

“Many schools across the country are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO in a press release. “The Honor Roll proves that all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. School and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”

The SISD Texas Honor Roll schools will receive a banner to display at their campus and will be featured on the EPR website. To view the list of Texas Honor Roll schools, click HERE.

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