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Seven PSJA schools receive all possible TEA distinctions

Seven PSJA schools have earned all possible distinctions provided by the Texas Education Agency based on their annual performance.   

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of potential distinction designations can vary.

Up to seven distinction designations can be earned for Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent: Student Progress; Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness. 

The following PSJA schools met all possible distinctions: Geraldine Palmer Elementary, Alfred Sorensen Elementary, Aida C. Escobar Elementary, Dr. William Long Elementary, Graciela Garcia Elementary, Carmen Anaya Elementary and Marcia R. Garza Elementary.

“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. 

TEA released ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,700 campuses statewide. The ratings revealed that approximately 95 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.

"We applaud the hard work of our teachers, principals and content support staff for these accomplishments," Dr. Daniel King, PSJA ISD Superintendent said. "We have been doing well on our accountability ratings and most importantly on getting our students to and through college. We commend the work of all staff at the seven campuses that received all distinctions and plan to emulate their work across our district."

To view the 2017 state accountability ratings and distinction designations for all districts, charters and campuses, visit the TEA website at

Palmer Elementary Receives Distinction

Palmer Elementary

Anaya Elementary Receives Distinction

Anaya Elementary

Sorenson Elementary Receives Distinction

Sorensen Elementary

Marcia R Garza Elementary

Marcia R. Garza Elementary

Dr. Long Elementary

Dr. Long Elementary

Escobar Elementary

Escobar Elementary

Garcia Elementary