Anderson Mill Elementary School and C.D. Fulkes Middle School have earned a Level 1 certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative campus culture.
The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.
Adoption of the HRS model is an initiative for Round Rock ISD ACTION campuses, which are schools that have a higher percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged. The adoption aligns with Goal 3.2 in the RRISD Strategic Plan, which states the district will identify and address the disparities that exist in academic achievement.
“It’s exciting to see how the framework has allowed our team to have a common vocabulary and consistent goals, while still allowing each school to maintain its own unique character,” said Heidi Flynn, director of education support. “We have freedom, guided by strong structure, which helps us to be flexible when focusing on eliminating disparities in student achievement.”
Since the initiative began, six ACTION schools, consisting of Anderson Mill, Robertson, Union Hill and Voigt elementary schools and C.D. Fulkes and Hernandez middle schools have been certified at Level 1 in the HRS program. Hernandez has also been certified in Level 2, which emcompasses effective teaching, and Level 3, which covers guaranteed and viable curriculum.
“Anderson Mill is committed to providing the best campus environment for all of our scholars and staff,” Anderson Mill Principal Trana Allen said. “We are incredibly proud to have earned the HRS certification from the renowned Marzano group and look forward to continuing our work toward future certifications.”
To earn a certifications through the HRS program, schools must collect data and validate its performance to continue achieving higher levels of recognition. Using the HRS framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system, according to Marzano Research.
“At C.D. Fulkes, we strive to build confident and well-rounded students by creating a safe and collaborative campus culture,” C.D. Fulkes Principal Nancy Guerrero said. “The students and staff at C.D. Fulkes will continue to work diligently to advance through the HRS framework.”