Morriss Elementary Named a Texas 2016 Scholar Honor Roll School


Morriss Elementary School has been awarded one of the most prestigious and demanding academic awards that a Texas public school can receive. Morriss Elementary is one of only 727 public schools (out of 8,300) in Texas to be named a 2016 Scholar Honor Roll school.

TISD Media Release:

The Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School has been selected as one of 727 public schools in Texas to be named  a 2016 Scholar Honor Roll school.  Selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), it is one of the most prestigious and demanding academic awards a Texas public school can receive.

Of the more than 8,300 Texas public schools less than 8% of the total number of schools received the distinction for demonstrating consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

“We are so proud to be recognized by education and business leaders in Texas as a Scholar Honor Roll School,” said Brandy Debenport, Morriss Elementary Principal.  “Our teachers work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices.  This hard work and dedication is paying off for our students.”

“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,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO.  “Schools and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”


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