TEA Identifies Glenwood for Case Studies Project

TEA Identifies 11 Schools for Best Practice Case Studies Project
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July 31, 2015 – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has spotlighted 11 campuses across the state as part of a best practices case studies project. The TEA best practice studies project highlights how each campus, designated by TEA as High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward Schools, excels in critical areas such as academic performance, teacher quality, school climate and leadership effectiveness.

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced last year that 11 campuses would be part of a project highlighting successful classroom efforts in schools with a high percentage of students from economically disadvantaged families and high mobility rates. The project takes a close look at best practices in the following school districts or charter schools:

Those selected to take part in this project include: 

  • Amarillo ISD – Glenwood Elementary School
  • Austin ISD – Blackshear Elementary School
  • Brownsville ISD – Ortiz Elementary School
  • Castleberry ISD – Castleberry High School
  • Garland ISD – North Garland High School
  • Houston ISD – Park Place Elementary School
  • Los Fresnos CISD – Los Fresnos High School
  • Pittsburg ISD – Pittsburg Intermediate School
  • Uplift Education – Summit International – Middle Campus (Arlington)
  • Yes Prep Public Schools – Yes Prep - West (Houston)
  • Ysleta ISD – Glen Cove Elementary School


“The work taking place at these 11 schools reflects some innovative principles that can be applied in districts all across our state,” said Commissioner Williams. “It is my hope that by sharing these best practices, all schools can be in position to help their students thrive and succeed in the classroom.”

As part of the case study project (carried out by representatives from TEA and the Austin-based Texas Comprehensive Center), members of each campus’ leadership team met with field researchers who conducted interviews to learn more about a school’s improvement practices and successes. Interviews were conducted with the principal, teachers and the district coordinator of school improvement, as well as other campus leaders.

After the site visits, researchers utilized the information to develop campus highlight case studies. The final case studies are now available to all Texas schools via the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/Reward_School_Case_Studies/.

In addition, TEA will distribute the case studies as part of its Texas school improvement trainings.

The State of Texas secured a conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The High Performing and High Progress Reward Schools designation is part of that conditional waiver, as well as a requirement to spotlight the successes taking place on those campuses.

Earlier this year, TEA published a complete list of Title I Reward Schools in Texas. For more information about Title I Reward Schools and to view the list, please visit the TEA webpage at:http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/Priority,_Focus,_and_Reward_Schools/.


*This is a reprint of the Texas Education Agency press release distributed on June 11, 2015.

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