Texas Reward School Case Studies

The Need

Decades of research have shown that poverty has a strong and negative impact on student academic performance. Title I schools face particular challenges that affect academic performance, including high rates of student mobility and large proportions of English language learners. Despite these difficulties, 6 percent of Title I public schools in Texas have exceeded state standards and earned distinction as Reward Schools. These schools share many similarities with low-performing schools but have implemented practices that allow them to overcome challenges and become high performing. These practices, if identified, could help more Title I schools achieve success.

TXCC Response

TXCC collaborated with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS) to spotlight and share the Reward Schools’ best practices with other schools in the state. In Year 5 of the project, TXCC staff provided technical assistance and expertise to TEA on developing surveys and other research instruments based on the Reward Schools case studies that can be implemented with larger samples of high-performing/high-progress Title I schools. This will allow TEA to go beyond the limitations of the case study approach (i.e., non-generalizable findings) to gather data and produce findings that are more generalizable to the diverse schools in Texas.