TEA News Releases Online
Oct. 21, 2009
Best Practices Clearinghouse adds 16 new schools
AUSTIN—Sixteen new schools or districts were added to the Best Practices Clearinghouse, a Web page which features examples of schools that demonstrate consistent high academic achievement, improvement in student performance, and/or outstanding campus and district operations, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today.
Of these new additions, six are U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools and one is the 2008 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Best practices are collected from public schools, districts and charter schools across Texas in the areas of instruction, dropout prevention and recovery, college and career readiness, English language learners, and business/management.
The best practice designation is based on a research-based framework in which campuses and districts have: identified an area for improvement; researched and implemented an intervention; and analyzed pre-post and trend data to evaluate and document the intervention’s effectiveness.
Schools included as examples in the Best Practices Clearinghouse are selected by TEA. In addition, schools may submit their best practices for consideration. Information on how to submit can be found online at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/bestprac/bpc_submit.html.
The 16 new schools or districts highlighted as examples of best practices are:
Boerne ISD-Boerne Middle School South: Mathematics Support for Struggling Students
Brownsville ISD: Elementary Bilingual Early-Exit Transitional Program
Bryan ISD-Johnson Elementary: Two-Way Dual Language Program
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD: Dropout Prevention/Recovery
Dallas ISD-School of Business and Management: College and Career Readiness
Del Valle ISD-Del Valle Middle School: Middle School Social Studies
Hidalgo ISD: Parental Involvement
Hidalgo ISD-Hidalgo Early College High School: College and Career Pathways
Houston ISD-Carnegie Vanguard High School: Ninth-Grade Teaming
Houston ISD-Challenge Early College High School: Strategies to Accelerate College Readiness
Katy ISD: Dropout Prevention/Recovery
Lamar CISD-Taylor Ray Elementary: Vertical Teams
New Deal ISD-New Deal High School: Data-Driven Intervention Strategies
North East ISD-International School of the Americas: Student-Centered College Preparation Strategies
Socorro ISD: Dropout Prevention/Recovery
- Wylie ISD-Wylie High School: High School Science
For a complete list of schools included in the online Best Practices Clearinghouse, go to http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/bestprac/index.html.