Belton New Tech High School @Waskow and Leon Heights, Pirtle and Tarver Elementary Schools also received “Star School” awards. Star schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.
Using what they describe as “the nation’s largest database on student achievement,” Educational Results Partnership takes a data-driven approach to identifying the “bright spots” in education. In Texas, their methodology considers student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and data from the Financial Allocation Study of Texas.
“I’m proud that Belton ISD has been recognized as one of just nine honor roll districts statewide,” said Dr. Susan Kincannon, superintendent. “I’m also excited for the four campuses that earned star school awards. Everyday our employees work hard to provide an education that challenges all of our students to excel, and it’s great to see their dedication recognized.”
According to Kincannon, one reason for the district’s success is that it offers unique and varied learning opportunities.
“In high school, our kids can choose from 99 courses in career and technical education courses, 22 in fine arts and humanities, and 57 advanced placement and dual credit classes. They can also participate in dozens of clubs or compete on one of 21 varsity sports teams. You can’t get that kind of choice and opportunity anywhere else,” she said.
The complete list of honor roll districts and schools can be found on the Educational Results Partnership website at http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll.