Bryan’s Johnson Elementary School was named among this year’s Educational Results Partnership Texas Honor Roll schools.
The recognition serves to identify “public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students,” according to the Educational Results Partnership.
The nonprofit organization, which works in collaboration with the Institute for Productivity in Education to present the awards, collects a list of Honor Roll schools for Texas and California, using information from the Texas Education Agency’s Texas Academic Performance Reports.
To generate the Honor Roll schools, the organization looks at schools’ achievement, improvement, equity in socioeconomic status and equity among ethnic groups in the subjects of math, reading, writing and science, according to its website.
Each Honor Roll school is then deemed a Star or Scholar School, based on the school’s percentage of students considered economically disadvantaged. A Star designation is for schools with 33% of students or more considered economically disadvantaged, while a Scholar ranking is for schools with less than 33%.
Johnson was named a Star campus for 2018-2019, based on data from the 2017-2018 school year.
“I’m tipping my hat off to all the teachers and students, because this is a celebration in honor of them,” Johnson Elementary School Principal Amy Thomman said. “It’s serving as our pump-up song as we head into this school year, as we continue to focus on growing every single child through innovation, through teamwork, through dedication.”
Thomman attended Johnson Elementary School as a student. As principal, she said she just tries to continue the legacy Carol Happ left during her 20 years as principal at the campus.
“I’m just doing my best every day to continue everything that she has started here at Johnson,” Thomman said. “It’s just hard to put into words. It’s truly an honor.”
Although Johnson was the school that received a banner to install in the front of the school, Thomman said its success is shared throughout the district.
“When you capture a child’s heart, you capture their minds,” she said. “We don’t just focus on academics; we go beyond. We’re creating lifelong learners, so they’re not just successful here but when they leave Johnson and go on to conquer the world.”
The banner, she said, sends a message that the school is “continuing excellence, continuing what Bryan ISD stands for, and we look forward to many, many more because I see them coming.”
In addition to Johnson, four schools in the College Station school district were included on the list of 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll schools. Cypress Grove Intermediate School, Rock Prairie Elementary School and Southwood Valley Elementary School earned Star designations, while Pebble Creek Elementary School was included as a Scholar award recipient.
College Station officials declined to comment, noting they did not know enough about the methodology to discuss the recognitions.