All STISD Campuses Recognized for High Achievement and Student Success

All STISD Campuses Recognized for High Achievement and Student Success
Posted on 05/29/2017
All six schools in South Texas Independent School District (STISD) were selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as 2016 Texas Honor Roll Schools.

Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars Academy) in San Benito, South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito, South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg, South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg and The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes were among the 727 public schools in Texas to receive Texas Honor Roll recognition.

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award.

Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. This is the category into which all six STISD campuses were selected. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.

The business community is also recognizing a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools will receive special recognition of their accomplishments. Rising Scholars Academy and STPA both received the added distinction of STEM Honor Roll.

“These Honor Roll schools are clearly improving outcomes for their students, as the academic data show,” said Charles Miller, chairman of IPE. “The next step is to understand how their educational productivity then translates to economic productivity. To do this, we must link academic and financial data to measure educational funding vs. student outcomes. Our economy will thrive when we are boosting student achievement without spending more – that is to say, when we are getting the biggest bang for our education buck.”

“Many schools across the country are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO. “The Honor Roll proves that all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. School and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”

The Texas Honor Roll program is made possible by generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provides support for the STEM Honor Roll.

A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX or follow Jim Lanich, President and CEO at @JLanich or email us at help@edresults.org .


South Texas Independent School District (STISD) serves junior high and high school students who live along the southernmost tip of Texas, the region known as the Rio Grande Valley. The district stretches over three counties – Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy. The only all-magnet school district in the state, STISD offers Valley students an educational alternative. STISD schools provide a personal environment, a strong scholastic program and hands-on training in various professional career fields.

Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education

Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) partner with leaders in the business community in a shared mission: to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in college and career. Together, we work to improve educational productivity at all levels, K through Job. We draw upon the nation’s largest database on student achievement to uncover successful schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged districts, and promote their best practices to schools that want to do better. Since 2016, the Honor Roll has focused business and academic leaders around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased college success and economic productivity.