August 18, 2014
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 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. As part of this waiver, the requirements for Distinguished School identification was replaced by Reward Schools.
In July 2014 TEA notified districts of those schools that were awarded “Reward School” status in the high-performing and high-progress categories. Two of our schools, Post Elementary and Jersey Village High School received the honor in the high-performing category. Campuses earned this honor if they were a title I school with distinction designations in reading and math, met all federal system safeguard targets at 75%, and for high schools a title I school with completion rate of 90% or higher. There were only 37 campuses in the entire Region IV that earned this recognition.
Four of our campuses were awarded the Reward School status in the high-progress area. These campuses were Cypress Springs High School, Jersey Village High School, Matzke Elementary, and Wilson Elementary. This honor was awarded to Title I campuses that earned the 25% student progress distinction designation and met all the federal system safeguard targets of 75% in reading and math. There were only 52 campuses in the entire Region IV that earned this recognition.