Region III Education Service Center

Dedicated to Educational Excellence

Priority and Focus Schools

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended with Every Student Succeeds Act (ESA)  The primary function is to close the achievement gap between groups of students by requiring greater accountability and offering increased flexibility and choice. ESSA affects almost every school district and charter school in the state.

    Monitoring and Interventions

    The Division of School Improvement (SI)  supports the state’s goal to improve low-performing schools by reviewing, evaluating, monitoring, and intervening with campuses and their districts to ensure excellence in education for all students. The major responsibilities of the division include monitoring and interventions for state accountability, federal accountability, and dropout recovery.

    • The primary function of the division is to implement the requirements of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39A, Subchapter A, Interventions and Sanctions for School Districts and Subchapter B, Campus Intervention Team; Targeted Improvement Plan.

      The division supports campuses that earn a rating of Improvement Required (IR) and districts that earn a D or F through the State Accountability System. The SI Division also supports campuses identified for Comprehensive, Targeted, and Additional Targeted Support under ESSA. These districts and campuses engage in improvement planning and continuous monitoring.


    Priority School Identification

    Texas Priority schools are the lowest 5% of Title I served campuses based on performance in reading and mathematics and graduation rates. Priority schools include Tier I or Tier II TTIPS schools, campuses with graduation rates less than 60% and lowest achieving campuses based on All Students reading/math performance.

    Focus School Identification

    Texas Focus schools are 10% of Title I served campuses, not already identified as priority schools, that have the widest gaps between student group performance and safeguard targets.  Campuses are ranked based on the largest gaps between student group reading/math performance and AMO targets.


    For more information on the ESSA  Priority and Focus Schools please click on the following links:







  • For information, contact:

    Beverly Wyatt
    Beverly Wyatt
    Education Specialist
    361-573-0731 ext. 245