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Early Childhood Development Center Recognized as a Texas Honor Roll ‘Star School’

March 23, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named to the Inaugural 2015 Texas Honor Roll in the “Star Schools” category by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education. The ranking, announced March 1, was achieved by only five other schools in Corpus Christi.

“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition,” said Dr. Criselda Castillo, ECDC Principal. “The staff, students, and parents of the ECDC dedicate a lot of time and energy into making the school successful.”

The Honor Roll recognizes public K-8 and high schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The Star School category is reserved for high poverty, high performing schools that work to close the achievement gap.

The ECDC is operated jointly by Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and works in close partnership with the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD).

“I am proud of the ECDC’s work in achieving this recognition,” said Dr. Arthur Hernandez, COEHD Dean. “It acknowledges the quality of effort made by dedicated and skilled professionals and represents the important and significant impact of that effort on the students being served.”

The ECDC enjoys multiple benefits from the Island University including facilities, innovative programming and proximity to a diverse variety of educators and ideas while the University benefits by using the site for research, educator training and programming. The ECDC is the only school in the CCISD that offers a unique blend of instruction in both English and Spanish.

“The partnership between CCISD, TAMU-CC and the COEHD allow the students of the ECDC to have access to instructional programs, resources, and qualified professionals,” said Castillo. “Thus, when the ECDC is acknowledged in a positive light, it should give all those involved with the ECDC a sense of accomplishment.”

Other schools in Corpus Christi that received the 2015 Honor Roll School title include Baker Middle School, Club Estates Elementary School, Collegiate High School on the campus of Del Mar College, Faye Webb Elementary School and Windsor Park Elementary School.

For a full list of Texas Honor Roll schools, visit http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX.