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 September 30, 2013.


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%.

Priority Schools

2013-2014 Priority Schools List

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

Priority Ranking Calculation Steps (PDF, 110KB)


Focus Schools

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% in annual improvement; and/or a school in the top 25% of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.

 High-Performing Schools

           2013-2014 High-Performing Schools List

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

High-Progress Schools

           2013-2014 High-Progress Schools List

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

Reward Schools Methodology (PDF, 118KB)


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

  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 and Support
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX  78701