Schools to Watch - Texas: 2020-2021



TASSP in collaboration with 
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform recognize that effective middle schools differ significantly from elementary and secondary schools in curriculum and instruction, preparation of teachers and administrators, and organization of time and space. In this era of educational reform and rising expectations this program seeks to identify high-performing, high-impact middle schools to serve as comprehensive models from which other schools can learn and be inspired. This independent program is long-term, continuous, and is conducted by practicing middle grades professionals who understand the middle school concept. The criteria used to evaluate and select schools has been developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and is uniform throughout all states participating in the program. Schools selected will be highlighted in publications and programs at both the state and national levels. Applicant schools are encouraged to contact and/or visit current Texas Schools to Watch prior to applying for the program.

What is a Texas School to Watch?

A Texas School to Watch is a school that consistently has moved to meet fully the nationally endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools; one that has made marked progress in meeting all of these criteria, including measurable gains in the academic achievement of all students over time, and is committed to continuous improvement. These schools will serve as models and mentors for other schools seeking to improve.


Texas Schools to Watch Program

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2020.
Contact Billy Pringle with questions: 512-443-2100 ext 8505

Submission of Applications: One electronic copy should be e-mailed to [email protected] and
[email protected] and if you choose to, you can mail an additional copy to:

Texas Schools to Watch
c/o Ericka Uskali, Executive Director
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
PO Box 224
Savoy, IL 61874

The link for the Texas application is here: 2020-2021 Form

When a school clicks on the link above, they will be asked to make a copy. This will allow them to save their own application as their own and make changes as needed prior to submitting it.

Rubric » Not currently available

Please download these two forms for your STW application submissions:


National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform: www.middlegradesforum.org