Eight schools in the Socorro Independent School District – including two here in Horizon – were named to the 2018-2019 Honor Roll for high achievement in student success by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP).
“It is an honor to have our schools recognized for high student performance,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “This is another notable achievement that confirms our commitment and success in ensuring all our students are prepared for college, careers, and life. I congratulate our teachers, students, support staff, and administrators at these campuses for their tireless efforts to achieve academic excellence.”
The SISD schools named to the honor roll are Col. John O Ensor Middle, Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary, Elfida P. Chavez Elementary, James P. Butler Elementary, John Drugan School, Loma Verde Elementary, Mission Early College High and Myrtle Cooper Elementary.
The 2018 – 2019 Honor Roll is developed by 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 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.
“The Honor Roll is the only school and district recognition program in Texas based solely on objective achievement data,” said Marilyn Reznick, ERP board chair. “Our goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for raising student achievement.”
Through national research, the ERP has 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
- Resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts in preparing all students for college and career
“ERP is all about improving educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of their family income, background or ZIP code,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO.
“These Honor Roll schools and districts are living proof that our students can succeed when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and accelerating student success. By focusing attention on these bright spots among our schools, we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success.”
For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The ERP is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.