Research & Results

Schools in the Southwest Center for Accelerated Schools Network have a compelling history of success in school improvement.

Please view Third Party Research regarding more of Accelerated Schools’ Proven Success.

Secondary Schools

No Accelerated Secondary School has remained Unacceptable.

SWCAS secondary schools improved in ALL TAKS and Math TAKS tests above the state average.

Ninety-seven percent of SWCAS schools met required AYP standards, compared to 81% statewide.

On average, secondary schools in the Accelerated Schools Process showed greater improvement on All TAKS Tests than the State of Texas as a whole.

On average, secondary schools in the Accelerated Schools Process showed greater improvement on Math TAKS Tests that the State of Texas as a whole.

Participating Accelerated Schools on average saw 10% increase of students passing the Science TAKS scores; statewide there was a decrease of 5%.

Of the seventy-nine Texas schools participating in the Comprehensive School Reform High School Initiative, the Accelerated Schools Project is the most prevalent model.

Ninety-seven percent of all schools in the Southwest Center network met the required Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) standard, compared to 81% statewide.

Sixty percent of schools in the Accelerated Schools Project of five or more years were rated by the Texas Education Agency as exemplary.

Twenty-five percent of third year schools rated exemplary in comparison to the overall state rate of 14%.

Sample of Secondary Schools

Somerset High School: Unacceptable(2008) to Recognized (2009)

Hearne High School: Unacceptable (2006) to Recognized (2008)

Hawkins High School: Acceptable (2005) to Recognized (2007)

Goodrich High School: Acceptable to Exemplary in two years. TEA press release, TEA complimented Goodrich High School for using “a model that builds a culture of academic excellence and respect.”

Raul Yzaguirre Tejano Center for Community Concerns (charter): Acceptable with Gold Performance Acknowledgement in Mathematics.

Santa Maria High School: Acceptable. Outperformed all neighboring high schools in 2007 to include Gold Performance Acknowledgement in Mathematics. Rated one of America’s best high schools by US News and World Report 2008 and 2009.

Mineola Middle School: Low Performing to Recognized in 4 years.

Anne Richards Middle School: Acceptable to Recognized in 4 years.

Elementary Schools

Ninety-two percent of elementary schools in the SWCAS network met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2005.

Sample of Elementary Schools

Runn Elementary: Acceptable to Recognized in 4 years.

Hardin Elementary: Acceptable to Recognized in 1  year.

A.C. Williams Elementary: Acceptable to Recognized in 1 year and year 3.

Fifth and sixth grade commended percentages on Math TAKS increased at a higher rate than that of the state as a whole.

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade commended percentages on Reading TAKS increased at a higher rate than that of the state as a whole.