Four schools receive high-performing title from TEA

Four Garland ISD schools have caught the attention of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Named 2015-16 Title I Reward Schools Nov. 3, Kimberlin and Hillside Academies for Excellence, as well as Pearson and Roach elementary schools, received high-performing and high-progress designations. They are among just 300 campuses recognized in the state.

“I congratulate these schools on exemplifying academic excellence. This honor not only validates the exceptional work of students, but also the dedication of staff,” said Superintendent Bob Morrison.

Reward School designations can be earned through annual accountability ratings. High-performing campuses are those that receive both math and reading distinctions from student performance on state assessments, such as STAAR. At the high school level, they also show the highest graduation rates. High-progress campuses are among the top 25 percent statewide for annual improvement and demonstrated ability to close performance gaps.

2015-16 designations were determined by state assessments taken during 2014-15. Title I schools are those with a 40 percent or higher low-income population. Find a complete list of this year’s Reward School honorees on the TEA website.