AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has spotlighted seven 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 Mike Morath announced earlier year that seven 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:
- Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD – Daingerfield-Lone Star Junior High School
- Hudson ISD – Hudson Middle School
- KIPP Houston Public Schools - KIPP SHINE Preparatory
- Lancaster ISD – Lancaster Elementary School
- San Angelo ISD – Glenmore Elementary School
- Walcott ISD – Walcott Elementary School
- Burnham Wood Charter District -Vista Del Futuro Elementary School (El Paso)
As part of the case study project, leadership team members at each campus met with researchers who conducted interviews to learn more about a school’s improvement practices and successes. Interviews were conducted with the principal, teachers, students and district staff. The research and interviews were carried out by representatives from TEA, the Texas Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research, and the Texas Center for District and School Support at Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin.
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. For more information about Title I Reward Schools, please visit the TEA webpage at: http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/School_Improvement_and_Support/.