The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District was selected by Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams to participate in the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.
A total of 23 school districts from across Texas were invited to participate. The consortium is charged with assisting the development of innovative, next-generation learning standards, assessments and accountability systems.
“To be selected as a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium is a major accomplishment for the students, teachers, staff members and administration at HCISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “It speaks volumes to the work our district repeatedly produces and our continuing transformational journey. Our selection to participate provides us with the unique opportunity to collaborate with districts from across Texas for the benefit of our students and Texas Public Education.”
Districts were selected to participate based on public acknowledgement for district-wide excellence, their ability to meet ratings requirements and their proof of compliance with TEA audit regulations. State law required the Commissioner to create a consortium that reflected the state’s diversity in district size and type, as well as student demographic.
“The school districts selected to participate in the consortium are already known for their innovative work and are looked to by many as educational leaders,” Williams said. “This exciting project will help the Governor, legislative leaders and the Texas Education Agency craft a sound, well-thought out plan to move all Texas schools to the next performance level.”
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will host the first consortium meeting next month. As the meetings progress the Consortium will make recommendations in four key areas:
1. Digital learning–Engagement of students in digital learning, including the use of electronic textbooks and instructional materials and courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network;
2. Learning standards–Standards that a student must master to be successful in a competitive postsecondary environment;
3. Multiple assessments–Various methods of measuring student progress to keep students, parents and schools informed, and the actions consortium participants are taking to improve learning; and
4. Local control–Ways in which reliance on local input and decision-making enable communities and parents to be involved in the important decisions regarding the education of their children.
“Our reason for taking part in the application process and now participating in the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium is our students,” said School Board President Dr. Cesar Maldonado. “The innovative development of next-generation learning standards will become imbedded in public education and build the foundation for student success”