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Elementary schools named to 2018-19 Honor Roll

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Mabank ISD Schools recognized for high achievement in student success

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MABANK–Lakeview and Southside Elementary Schools announced  their accomplishment and recognition as 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll schools for high achievement in student success. The program, presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. This year, 855 higher-performing schools across the state were named to the Texas Honor Roll.   
The 2018-19 Honor Roll is developed by ERP, a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts.
Schools that receive the Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment for two of the Mabank ISD elementary schools to earn Texas Honor Roll recognition. Mrs. Pate and Mrs. Dyer have developed great instructional staff who care about the future of their students. I am very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to watching our students grow under the leadership of the staff at all of the Mabank ISD campuses,” said Mabank ISD Superintendent Lee Joffre.
Through national research, (ERP) has identified a common set of success factors in higher-performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with:
• Evidence-based instructional practices
• A defined system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students
• An investment in human capital
• Maintenance of data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance
• Resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts in preparing all students for college and career
“The Honor Roll is the only school and district recognition program in Texas based solely on objective achievement data,” said ERP board chair Marilyn Reznick. “Our goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for raising student achievement.”   
Retired Principal of Lakeview Elementary Kevyn Pate, stated, “Achieving Texas Honor Roll recognition is rewarding, but giving children hope for a bright future is the real accomplishment! I am so thankful for the hard work and dedication of the professionals at Lakeview. Our students are blessed to have teachers committed to the success of all students.”
Newly named Principal of Lakeview Melanie McAllister, has been a part of this school as the Associate Principal, Reading Specialist, and Teacher.  McAllister, a Lakeview veteran, said, “Our students at Lakeview are creating a strong academic foundation for continued success enriching their future careers and our community.”
Southside Elementary Principal Brandi Dyer commented on the high achievement in student success, “It is an honor to receive this recognition. The teachers and staff are continually working to ensure educational excellence for all of our students. We are happy to see positive results due to the dedication of our teachers and staff.”
“ERP is all about improving educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of their family income, background or ZIP code,” said ERP president and CEO James Lanich, Ph.D. “These Honor Roll schools and districts are living proof that our students can succeed when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and accelerating student success. By focusing attention on bright spots among our schools, we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success.”
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