The State of Texas secured a conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. As part of ESEA, P.L. 107-110 Section 1117 (b)(2), the requirement for Distinguished School identification will be replaced by Reward Schools included in the conditional flexibility waiver. Texas will continue recognizing high performance with school distinction designations in performance and progress for schools meeting reward criteria.
A high performing reward school will be identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. In addition, at the high school level, a reward school will be a Title I school with the highest graduation rates. A high progress school will be 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. This correspondence provides information regarding the identification of and recognition process for schools identified as high-progress and/or high-performing according to waiver Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support.
- Title I school in the top 25% in annual improvement; and/or
- Schools in the top 25% of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards
- Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance
- Title I high school with completion rate of 90% or higher
Waller ISD 2014 Reward Schools:
- Roberts Road Elementary: High-Progress
- Fields Store Elementary: High-Progress
Waller ISD 2015 Reward Schools:
- Roberts Road Elementary: High-Progress and High-Performing