Union Hill Elementary School has achieved a level two certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative 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.
To be certified, schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams.
“Level two certification, Effective Teaching in Every Classroom, is a result of our faculty’s commitment to developing and maintaining high quality instruction for all students,” Union Hill Principal Kim Connelly said. “An essential attribute of effective schools is quality teaching in every classroom.”
Union Hill’s certification came after a series of evaluative steps. First, parents, staff and students completed surveys, the results were analyzed, and administration developed criteria for improvement. Then they demonstrated the campus’ proficiency in level one by showcasing campus information. Finally, program representatives interviewed staff members, reviewed criteria for improvement, and met with the leadership team before signing off on the certification for level two.
“Union Hill serves as prime example of how Round Rock ISD campuses work to ensure their learning environments are successful and effective,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “This achievement is reflective of the outstanding things happening at Round Rock ISD.”
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