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Reagan Elementary recognized for earning all possible state distinctions; 6 schools earned awards

Six Ector County ISD schools earned a combined total of 18 distinction designations for their students’ performance on the 2018 STAAR tests. Reagan Elementary received all six distinction designations that are available to elementary schools, one of 400 campuses state-wide that achieved a Met Standard rating and also earned all possible distinctions. Secondary schools can earn up to seven distinction designations.


Travis Elementary came close to matching that accomplishment by earning five of the six distinctions possible. The Texas Education Agency awards distinction designations to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary.


“It is unbelievable what Reagan has done, getting all six of the distinctions,” said Superintendent of Schools Tom Crowe. “Travis Elementary is one of those quiet secrets. It’s awesome to see Travis got five of the six.”


The ECISD schools earning distinction designations are:

Reagan Elementary (6)

Travis Elementary (5)

George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa (3)

Dowling Elementary (1)

Noel Elementary (1)

San Jacinto Elementary (2)


“It is great to have the accolades for our teachers and students who have done a great job,” said Reagan principal Wayne Squiers. Tanya Galindo, the principal at Travis last year and now the principal at Zavala Elementary also praised the school’s teachers. “Teachers took on the responsibility of helping one another, not just for that grade level but for all grade levels. We supported one another.”


Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for: Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent: Comparative Academic Growth; Top 25 Percent: Comparative Closing the Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness.


“Earning one or several campus-level distinctions is notable and should be applauded by a community as an outstanding achievement,” said Commissioner Morath. “For a school to earn every potential distinction applicable to their campus is difficult, but a reflection of some truly amazing work by our educators.”