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Texas Schools Selected for Prestigious Honor Roll Issued By a National Campaign of Business and Education Leaders

2016 Honor Roll Press Release (PDF)

Colin Powell Elementary, School for the Highly Gifted and Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute in Grand Prairie ISD recognized for high achievement in student success

April 27, 2017 (Grand Prairie, TX) –Grand Prairie ISD announced today that Colin Powell Elementary, School for the Highly Gifted and Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE)  as three of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.

The 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. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. 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 socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.

“To be recognized by education and business leaders is a significant accomplishment and we are proud three of our schools have been named Texas Honor Roll schools,” said Susan Simpson Hull, Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent. “A staff committed to developing each child to their greatest potential has the power to remove barriers that students may come to school with outside of their control. Clearly, these educators understand the value of their relational capacity in encouraging and supporting their students toward academic success and a promising future.”

“These Honor Roll schools are clearly improving outcomes for their students, as the academic data show,” said Charles Miller, chairman of IPE. “The next step is to understand how their educational productivity then translates to economic productivity. To do this, we must link academic and financial data to measure educational funding vs. student outcomes. Our economy will thrive when we are boosting student achievement without spending more – that is to say, when we are getting the biggest bang for our education buck.”

“Many schools across the country are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO.  “The Honor Roll proves that all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. School and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”

The Texas Honor Roll program is made possible by generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provides support for the STEM Honor Roll.

A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at  http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX or follow Jim Lanich, President and CEO at @JLanich or email us at help@edresults.org .

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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 2016, 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.