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The University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy Longview Campus Named to State Honor Roll

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May 2, 2017

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy in Longview has been recognized for high achievement in student success, Dr. JoAnn Simmons, superintendent, announced.

The IA Longview campus have been selected by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education as one of 727 public Texas schools to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll School.

"This honor is directly related to the quality of teachers and staff at The University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy-Longview," said Simmons. "They are truly committed to developing a culture of high expectations for all students. Students are challenged daily through a rigorous curriculum, supporting STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] University Readiness. We are indeed honored and proud of this accomplishment."

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Since 2016, the Honor Roll has focused business and academic leaders around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased college success and economic productivity.

"We are honored to be named as an Honor Roll school for 2016," added Rachel Hawkins, IA Longview campus director. "Our teachers work diligently to develop positive relationships with our students. We strive to establish and maintain a rigorous and engaging learning environment through Project-based Learning. To be recognized for our achievements is humbling."

A full list of awardees may be found online at http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=TX.

The University of Texas at Tyler Innovation Academy is a public university charter school with campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine. Campuses incorporate STEM education into daily classroom curriculum and utilize a hands-on learning approach to better equip students with the 21st century skills required to succeed in the future. For more information, visit uttia.org/.

Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education partner with leaders in the business community in a shared mission – to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in college and career. Together, they work to improve educational productivity at all levels, K through Job.

They draw upon the nation's largest database on student achievement to uncover successful schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged districts, and promote their best practices to schools that want to do better.

The Texas Honor Roll program is made possible by generous support from numerous businesses and organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association Texas, Macy's, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Chevron Corporation and several private foundations.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 10,000 high-ability students. The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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