Four STISD Campuses Named to Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll

Four STISD Campuses Named to Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll
Posted on 05/23/2018
Students in front of Code RGV Classroom on Wheels busFour campuses within South Texas Independent School District (STISD) were named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high achievement and student success. The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.

Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars Academy) in San Benito, South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg and The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes were among the 729 public schools in the state to receive Texas Honor Roll recognition.

The 2017-2018 Honor Roll is developed by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts. Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the ERP Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

“We are so proud of our four campuses recognized as ERP Honor Roll Schools by educational and business leaders in Texas,” said Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., superintendent of schools for STISD. “It is through the collaboration between students, teachers, parents, administrators, and our local businesses and community that we are able to provide our students with an education that truly prepares them for success in higher education and a future career.”

The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award.

According to the ERP website, Star Schools are high poverty, high performing and achievement gap closing schools. This is the category into which all four recognized STISD campuses were selected. Scholar Schools are high performing schools without significant levels of low-income students. They are also achievement gap closing schools.

Honor Roll schools with higher performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are recognized with a special STEM designation. Rising Scholars Academy and STPA both received the added distinction of STEM Honor Roll.

“Educational success must be data-informed,” said Greg Jones, ERP board chairman. “These Honor Roll schools and districts are improving student achievement and we have the data to prove it. It’s critical that the business community support and promote educational success as today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.”

“At ERP we are committed to closing achievement gaps and removing educational obstacles for historically disadvantaged students,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO. “These bright spot schools and districts are implementing programs and practices that are improving educational equity and accelerating student success. We need to shine a spotlight on their work and encourage others to replicate it.”

In Texas, the ERP Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

To access the ERP Honor Roll, visit www.edresults.org.

About Educational Results Partnership
Educational Results Partnership (ERP) is a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness throughout our educational system. In partnership with educators and employers, ERP charts the pathways that lead to academic success and living-wage jobs. ERP’s goal is to ensure that more students are equipped to enter the workforce with the skills today’s global economy demands.