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Two schools named to honor roll

ERP honor roll logo After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in Texas, Clark Jr. High and Smith Elementary have been identified as clear leaders in getting students to grade-level and beyond and have been named to the 2018–2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll.

These schools are recognized as leaders in student achievement and featured by ERP, which showcases schools on its website where educators and policymakers can seek out high-performing schools and districts to replicate academic success.

The program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Clark and Smith are two of 855 public schools in Texas to be recognized.

This is the second consecutive year Smith Elementary has earned honor roll status.

“We are humbled and excited to be named as a Texas Honor Roll School for the second year in a row,” Smith Principal Rachel Nicks said. “We attribute this accomplishment to our hard working teachers and staff, the outstanding efforts of our students each and every day and our highly supportive families, community and district.”

Joining Smith on the list this year is secondary campus, Clark Jr. High.

“We are fortunate to have a staff at Clark that is committed to the idea of individualized instruction and continual improvement,” Clark Principal Casey Gunnels said. “Our teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians and cafeteria staff take the time to get to know our students on a personal level and genuinely care about their success. We've been blessed to have an extremely supportive community that is committed to providing our students with the best opportunity to be successful in life.”

The 2018-2019 Honor Roll recognizes schools and districts that have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized six higher-performing districts and 855 higher-performing schools.

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
  • A defined system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students
  • An investment in human capital
  • Maintenance of data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance