EDINBURG – The Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) announced recently that 10 schools from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District have made the list as 2016 Honor Roll schools, which are the most schools selected by any district or charter school in South Texas.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized by education and business leaders in Texas as an Honor Roll School District,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “We have been working tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement, and to learn that we have the most schools in South Texas earning this accreditation is an excellent accomplishment!”

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.

The 10 Edinburg CISD schools out of 727 public schools in Texas to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school are as follows:

Austin Elementary School

Avila Elementary School

Canterbury Elementary School

Escandon Elementary School

Flores-Zapata Elementary School

Guerra Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary School

Magee Elementary School

Ramirez Elementary School

Trevino Elementary School

The business community is also recognizing a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools will receive special recognition of their accomplishments. Canterbury Elementary School received the added distinction of STEM Honor Roll.

“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.”

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.