Texas Schools to Watch® is a statewide program implemented by the following organizations:

Lead Agencies

Texas Middle School Association

Program Partners

  • Full list of partners coming soon
  • National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
  • Texas Schools to Watch®  Model Schools

The goals of the Texas Schools to Watch® program are to:

  • Create a research-based definition of the characteristics shared by high-performing middle schools.
  • Identify high-performing, high needs middle schools throughout Texas.
  • Share the real-world strategies in place at these sites with educators from middle schools throughout the state via web-based school tours, school site visits, and phone or e-mail consultations.
  • Provide a nationally proven School Self-Study and Rating Rubric via the Internet that all middle schools can use to evaluate and improve their school's instructional program. (email for instructions)
  • Establish a statewide network of high-performing middle schools, with every high-performing school actively involved in assisting struggling middle schools that share either a geographic region or student population characteristics.

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Each year, the program identifies middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and structured for success.  The sites selected to be Texas Schools to Watch® model schools meet the unique challenges of their student populations and share a strong, ongoing record of student achievement.  The Texas Schools to Watch® program is affiliated with, and based upon criteria established by, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.