Glen Rose Elementary School again has been awarded the most prestigious honor by the Texas Education Agency, receiving the designation of an "Exemplary Campus" for another straight year.

The latest honor is for the 2011-2012 school year.

The TEA's Title I, Distinguished Schools prestigious designation recognizes schools that have consistently demonstrated "strong academic performances" over a three-year period. All of these Title I, Part A schools achieved the Academically Exemplary rating for the present school year and have a residing population of 40 percent or more low-income students, as reported on NCLB Consolidated Application for federal funding.

GRES Principal Debbie Morris attributed the success of her campus to a "true partnership" between her campus and the staff at Glen Rose Intermediate School campus, as well as support from the parents of students on both campuses.

"I think it's a great partnership, we have great teachers, great parents and students and when you have great expectations for all parties, then great things happen," Morris said.

The criteria for Distinguished Performance Schools in Texas include:

•Title I, Part A campus in 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012;

•Maintained a campus residing population of 40% or more low-income in 2011-2012;

•Met AYP in 2010 and 2011;

•Achieved a campus rating in Spring 2011 of Exemplary;

•Achieved a campus rating in Spring 2010 of either Exemplary or Recognized; and

•Achieved a campus rating in Spring 2009 of either Exemplary or Recognized.

Last year the Intermediate School also received Exemplary status. But this year, because STAAR testing has just begun, the ratings aren't being awarded to campuses implementing the new tests.

For more information on the Distinguished Performance Schools award, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=7909&menu_id=798