The Rapidly Improving School Effectiveness program, or RISE for short, is an exciting initiative geared to bolster academic performance through efforts far beyond those regularly offered. With a focus on strategic staffing and student support, the RISE program identifies specific staff members who can best meet the individual needs of students at participating campuses, and then carries out a series of unique action steps to ensure that students’ academic, social, and emotional needs are met.
Ector County ISD is one of several school districts in Texas which make up the fourth cohort to implement this initiative – modeled after Dallas ISD’s Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) program – which aims to provide students in high-needs schools with a proven platform for closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Other districts which have implemented the ACE program have seen increased academic performance in core content areas, improved attendance, and a stronger parent-school connection.
New features for ECISD’s RISE campuses include a modified school schedule, which allows for additional instructional time in critical subjects like reading and mathematics, tutoring, homework help, and more. Because a priority of the program is to support social and emotional well-being, many other basic needs are also provided to every student. Some of these include a unique uniform enhancement, breakfast, lunch, and after school tutorial transportation. Additionally, the team of highly effective educators recruited for these campuses will be handpicked from across ECISD and offered an opportunity to earn financial incentives while building a dynamic, transformative learning environment alongside talented peers.