McAllen ISD lands 10 schools on state Honor Roll list

Ten McAllen Independent School District campuses have been recognized statewide after being named to the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll for 2019-20. This represents a 20 percent increase from the previous year.

The ERP Honor Roll program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and school districts that are improving student outcomes.

The McAllen ISD schools include:        

  • Achieve Early College High
  • Cathey Middle School
  • Fossum Middle School
  • Morris Middle School
  • Castaneda Elementary
  • Hendricks Elementary
  • Sam Houston Elementary
  • Milam Elementary
  • Rayburn Elementary
  • Sanchez Elementary

“The credit goes to the students, teachers, staff and parents at these schools,” McAllen ISD Superintendent Dr. J.A. Gonzalez said. “In McAllen ISD, we focus on the whole child – addressing their academic, social and emotional needs. These schools have demonstrated that they do that to a high degree.”

This is the fifth straight year for Achieve ECHS, Cathey Middle School and Sanchez Elementary to make the state Honor Roll. Hendricks and Milam made it for the fourth time in five years while Fossum cracked the list for the third year in a row.

All 10 are considered Star Schools which are those in which at least 33 percent of their students are designated as socio-economically disadvantaged. The data is based on the 2018-19 school year.

The schools are identified “after an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in Texas,” according to Dr. James Lanich, President and CEO of the Educational Results Partnership. These McAllen ISD schools will be featured on the ERP website “where educators and policymakers can seek out high-performing schools so that they can replicate success.”

The Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness in students. This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 943 higher-performing schools in the state that are distinguished for their academic achievement and closing achievement gaps.

There are 14,367 public elementary, middle and high schools in Texas according to greatschools.org which means fewer than seven percent of these campuses earned a place on the Honor Roll.

Through national research, a common set of success factors in higher-performing Honor Roll schools and districts have been identified. 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
  • Resources and guidance to support schools' efforts in preparing all students for college and career

To view the complete Texas Honor Roll, go to  https://dataportal.edresults.o...and select Honor Roll list (TX).

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.

On the web: https://www.edresults.org/