Robertson, Berkman achieve Marzano High Reliability Schools certification

Berkman Arts Integration Academy (AIA) and Robertson Elementary School have achieved level one and level two certifications, respectively in Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture.

The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

To be certified, schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams.

“I’m proud of the hard work our students and staff have put in to earn the level two certification,” Robertson Principal Dr. Patricia Ephlin said. “This distinction is a reflection of the hard work we have put into creating a safe and inviting environment for students.”

Robertson’s certification came after a series of evaluative steps. First, parents, staff and students completed surveys, the results were analyzed, and administration developed criteria for improvement. Then they demonstrated the campus’ proficiency in level one by showcasing campus information. Finally, program representatives interviewed staff members, reviewed criteria for improvement, and met with the leadership team before signing off on the certification for level one.

Berkman principal Kathy Cawthron, said Berkman’s staff has been dedicated to creating a safe and collaborative culture with the goal of increasing student success.

“At our campus, you will find skilled and caring professionals focused on implementing campus systems to assure student safety and a positive behavior support system to provide students a learning environment conducive to maximizing student outcomes,” Cawthron said. “We are honored to be recognized by Marzano Research for our continued efforts to intentionally improve instruction and culture at Berkman AIA.”
Cawthron said Berkman is looking forward to obtaining HRS level two certification this spring.

“Robertson and Berkman serve as first-rate examples of how Round Rock ISD campuses work to ensure their learning environments are successful and effective,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “Our campuses continuously provide a world-class education to all students and further establish Round Rock ISD as the Destination District for Public Schools.