IDEATravisNIFDI is pleased to announce that IDEA Travis Academy has been selected to receive the 2023 Wesley Becker Excellent School Award. Travis was nominated by NIFDI Implementation Manager Kris Althoff. Travis Academy is located in Midland, Texas. Listed as a failing school in 2018-19, in 2021-22, they achieved a “B” rating and are anticipating an “A” rating when the 2022-23 ratings are released. Eighty- three percent of Travis students met or exceeded their individual growth goal on the STAAR exam.

In her rationale, Kris lists some amazing performance statistics achieved at Travis. These statistics reflect the percentage of students meeting their targeted lesson performance at mastery.

  • Pre-K has obtained a 98% average for reading, math, and language.
  • Kindergarten has obtained a 98% average for reading, math, and language.
  • First Grade has obtained an 86% average in reading. With two weeks of better school left and summer school, it is anticipated first grade will reach 90% or
  • Second Grade has obtained a 92% average in reading. Congratulations to the leadership, instructional staff, and certainly, just as important, the students. You all put in the hard work and show dedication worthy of this recognition.
Presentation of the award will take place at the opening of the National Direct Instruction Conference in Eugene, Oregon, on July 25. A video of the presentation will be posted to our website soon after.

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