Texas Schools selected for prestigious Honor Roll issued by a National Campaign of Business and Education Leaders

Alice ISD announced today that Hillcrest Elementary School been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as one of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. 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.

It's something knew. We haven't received this award before and we're excited about that...it's definantly an honor,” said Monica Morales-Garcia, Hillcrest Elementary Principal. “What it's showing is that we're able to compete with students who are not in high poverty areas. Our students who are low socioeconomic and those who aren't are all on the same playing field.”

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.

“We are very proud and honored to have one of our schools recognized by education and business leaders in Texas as an Honor Roll School District,” stated Dr. Grace Everett, school district superintendent. “The teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve practices to ensure the best possible education for all the students across the district. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”

Tutorials, interventions, attendance and our parents have paid a big part in the success of our students, Morales – Garcia said.

“These Honor Roll schools are clearly improving outcomes for their students, as the academic data show,” said Charles Miller, chairman of IPE. “The next step is to understand how their educational productivity then translates to economic productivity. To do this, we must link academic and financial data to measure educational funding vs. student outcomes. Our economy will thrive when we are boosting student achievement without spending more – that is to say, when we are getting the biggest bang for our education buck.”

“Many schools across the country are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO.  “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 Texas Honor Roll program is made possible by generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provides support for the STEM Honor Roll.

A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at  http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX or follow Jim Lanich, President and CEO at @JLanich or email us at help@edresults.org.