Priority, Focus, and Reward Schools

The U.S. Department of Education invited each State educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. The Texas Education Agency’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on Sept. 30, 2013.

FAQ - 2015-2016 Title I 1003(a) Priority and Focus School Application

TAA: Information Regarding Priority and/or Focus School Identification for School Year 2016-2017 (PDF, 80KB

TAA: Districts with Schools Identified as Priority and / or Focus Schools for 2015-2016 (PDF, 78KB)

TAA: Districts with Schools Identified as Priority and / or Focus (PDF, 115KB)

ESEA Flex Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support (PDF, 464KB)

Priority and Focus Schools

Priority schools are Title I high schools with graduation rates of less than 60% and/or schools with the lowest achievement on reading/math system safeguards at the All Student level.  Focus schools are Title I schools ranked by the widest gaps between reading/math performance of the federal student groups and safeguard targets of 75 percent.

Priority Schools 

  2016-2017 Priority Schools List (PDF, 924 KB)

 2015-2016 Priority Schools List  (PDF, 117KB) 

 2014-2015 Priority Schools List (PDF, 118KB)

 2013-2014 Priority Schools List

 2013-2014 Priority Schools List (PDF, 716KB)

 Priority Ranking Calculation Steps  (PDF, 110KB)

Focus Schools

2016-2017 Focus Schools List (PDF, 1555 KB)

 2015-2016 Focus Schools List  (PDF, 140KB)

 2014-2015 Focus Schools List  (PDF, 138KB)  

 2013-2014 Focus Schools List 

 2013-2014 Focus Schools List  (PDF, 1176KB) 

 Focus Ranking Calculation Steps (PDF, 166KB) 

 Federal Accountability Methodology (PDF, 190KB) 

Reward Schools

A high-performance reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. In addition, at the high school level, a reward school is a Title I school with the highest graduation rates. A high progress school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25 percent in annual improvement; and/or a school in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.

High-Performing Schools

2015-2016 High-Performing Schools (PDF, 120KB)

2015-2016 High Performing Schools List

  2014-2015 High-Performing Schools (PDF, 94KB)  

2013-2014 High-Performing Schools List

2013-2014 High-Performing Schools  (PDF, 131KB)

High-Progress Schools

2015-2016 High-Progress Schools (PDF, 115KB)

2015-2016 High Progress Schools List

  2014-2015 High-Progress Schools (PDF, 97KB)  

2013-2014 High-Progress Schools List

2013-2014 High-Progress Schools (PDF, 164KB) 

Reward Schools Criteria

2015-2016 Reward Schools Methodology (PDF, 154KB)

2014-2015 Reward Schools Methodology (PDF, 150KB) 


The following resources provide additional information on school improvement and the identification process.

 Reward School Case Studies 

 Federal Student Groups (7) and Safeguard Targets (PDF, 92KB) 

 Turnaround Principles (PDF, 67KB) 

 Critical Success Factors (CSFs) (PDF, 75KB) 

 Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS)

 Texas Center for District and School Support

For additional information, please contact:

Division of School Improvement
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701