Three Campuses Named 2015 Honor Roll Schools

Three Campuses Named 2015 Honor Roll Schools
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March 2, 2016  –The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Educational Productivity (IPE)  have named three Amarillo ISD campuses 2015 Honor Roll schools: Whittier Elementary, South Lawn Elementary, and de Zavala Middle School.

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

Star Schools are those with significant populations of economically disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing high levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant economically disadvantaged student population.


 “We are so proud three of our schools are recognized by leaders in the Texas business community as Honor Roll schools,” said AISD Superintendent Dr. Dana West. “Teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices to make sure every child graduates prepared for success. This hard work is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”

“The connection between economic and educational productivity is very real and critically important,” says Charles Miller, chairman of the IPE “Shining a light on schools that work is a great first step, but we must also learn more about their financial data if we want the biggest bang for our education buck. With accurate academic and financial data, Texas can build a system that rewards productivity by giving schools the flexibility to reallocate resources for maximum student benefit. The Honor Roll is a powerful start.”

“The American education system has a secret. Many schools are doing well … the Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity,said Jim Lanich, ERP president and CEO.  “All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success, and leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”


The annual Honor Roll award is made possible nationally by support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, AAA, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and several private foundations.   


Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education


Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) partner with leaders in the business community in a shared mission: to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in college and career. Together, we work to improve educational productivity at all levels “K through Job.” We draw upon the nation’s largest database on student achievement to uncover successful schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged districts, and promote their best practices to schools that want to do better. Since 2005, the Honor Roll has focused business and academic leaders around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased college success and economic productivity.


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