“To achieve and maintain such high standards is an accomplishment that serves as a model for other schools in the state to emulate,” said Ann Smisko, associate commissioner of education, at the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
A-T Elementary is a Title IA school due to the fact that 55 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunches. In order to receive the distinguished performance rating for 2010-2011, a Title IA school must have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2009-2010, achieved a campus rating in the Spring of 2010 of Exemplary, achieved a campus rating in the Spring of 2009 of either Exemplary or Recognized, and achieved a campus rating in the Spring of 2008 of either Exemplary or Recognized.
A-T Elementary has been an Exemplary school since 2007. This is the third consecutive year that it has been designated as a Title IA Distinguished Performance Award Winner for its commitment to excellence.
“The high mobility of families, changing family structure, and uncertain economy pose many challenges and barriers for successful learning,” Maldonado said. “We do our best to identify those barriers, compensate for them, and plan for effective instruction.”
The principal said he and the staff “are so proud of the students.”
“I think these accomplishments are due to a dedicated faculty and staff,” said Lisa Anderson, second grade teacher, who has been with the school for 18 years. “Our principal, Mr. Maldonado, is very supportive and leads by example. We have high expectations and we work together to ensure the success of all students.”
Anderson also commended parents and the community for their cooperation and for encouraging students to do their best.
“It is an honor to be a part of this amazing campus,” Anderson said.