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ERIC Number: EJ820799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-3
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
It's No Secret: Progress Prized in Brownsville
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v28 n14 p26-29 Dec 2008
This article features Brownsville Independent School District which was awarded the prestigious 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education for being the nation's most improved urban school district. The Texas border district sees teacher training and data-based instruction as paths to learning gains--and the $1 million Broad award adds validation. In giving the $1 million prize, which will be used to provide college scholarships for graduating seniors in the school system this spring, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation highlighted Brownsville Independent School District's success with Hispanic and low-income students. Underlying that success is its strong track record of enabling students from Spanish-speaking homes to acquire the English they need to do well in the classroom and on state tests. As the 10-person Broad prize jury recognized, the district fares well according to a number of indicators. In 2007, for example, the district outperformed other Texas districts that serve low-income students in reading and mathematics at all grade levels. More than 94 percent of the district's students are from low-income families. Brownsville also is narrowing ethnic and income achievement gaps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas