Elbow Elementary wins performance award from TEA

FORSAN — Forsan Independent School District's Elbow Elementary won an award presented to successful schools with a high proportion of low-income students.Elbow received the Texas Education Agency's Distinguished Performance Award, given to high performing campuses which have at least 40 percent of its students coming from low-income families.The school was one of only 211 campuses state-wide — and one of only two in this region — to earn this award, FISD Superintendent Randy Johnson said.“TEA looks at the past three years of data in determining the award,” Johnson said. “To qualify, we had to have been designated an exemplary campus in the latest rating and been rated exemplary or recognized the two previous years.“This award puts us in an elite group of schools,” he added. “We are definitely proud of this.”Aside from meeting the low-income student threshold and state rating requirements, Elbow also qualified for the award by meeting federal student performance guidelines.With the state of Texas public education under intense scrutiny, Johnson said it was gratifying for Elbow students and staff to receive this recognition.“We want to celebrate the positives when they come around,” he said. “School get hammered when there's bad news and publicity, so we definitely deserve to celebrate when there's good news. To receive this kind of recognition event when tougher standards are being enacted is a very big deal.”