UT Elementary Earns Exemplary Ranking

For the second year in a row and for the third time in five years, The University of Texas at Austin Elementary School has been awarded "Exemplary" status by the Texas Education Agency.

The school's 2010 TAKS scores for third through fifth grades were 91 to 100 percent passing in reading, writing, math and science for all subgroups, which include all students -- African American, Hispanic, white and economically disadvantaged. To earn the "Exemplary" title, the school must have an average of 90 percent passing or better in all subjects in all subgroups.

"We are so pleased with the efforts of all of our teachers," said Melissa Chavez, executive director of the school. "We have continued to follow our plan of implementing Response to Intervention which involves frequent assessment of each student. That means teachers can identify learning difficulties and concepts that need reinforcement."

The elementary school is a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade charter school that serves as a research-based demonstration school that serves about 275 students in East Austin. It is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.