PHARR - Six Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD schools were recently notified of their selection to the Texas Honor Roll by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), which recognize public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The PSJA schools recognized include: Dr. William Long Elementary, Aida C. Escobar Elementary, Carmen Anaya Elementary, Marcia R. Garza Elementary, Alfred Sorensen Elementary and PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve academic outcomes for students. The ERP Honor Roll is the only school recognition program in the state that uses student achievement outcome data, and is a valuable resource for all schools to identify successful peers and learn about best practices that improve student achievement.

Campuses receiving this distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels, over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations, as well as, positive college readiness outcomes at the high school level. Additionally, the program recognizes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools, which demonstrate high percentages of low-income students with superior achievement in those disciplines.

This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized a total of 729 best-in-class schools.

“At ERP we are committed to closing achievement gaps and removing educational obstacles for historically disadvantaged students,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO. “These bright spot schools are implementing programs and practices that are improving educational equity and accelerating student success. We need to shine a spotlight on their work and encourage others to replicate it. Instead of always focusing on what’s ‘wrong,’ we are acknowledging ‘what’s right,’ and encouraging schools, districts and teachers to share best practices,” he said.

In Texas, the ERP Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.