Round Rock ISD High School posts a 5.06 percent attendance gain
Round Rock, TX – More than 2,200 students at Stony Point High School will celebrate their 5.06% in student attendance on Tuesday, April 30 as the OMG Girlz will recognize the school as the national champion in the Get Schooled Foundation’s national Attendance Challenge. The Challenge was a friendly competition across more than 200 middle and high schools around the country in a campaign to improve student attendance. As celebrity “principals for a day,” they will connect with students in their classrooms and host a school-wide assembly as part of the celebration of the students’ accomplishments. The Victory Tour event is not open to the public.
Get Schooled has focused on attendance as a critical metric in school and student performance because it is one of the best predictors of high school graduation rates and college readiness rates. Despite its importance, a Johns Hopkins student released earlier this year estimates that 7.5 million students in the United States miss a month or more of school, putting them at risk for failing to learn key skills and potentially dropping out of high school.
Austin’s E3 Alliance partnered with Get Schooled to recruit and support 33 Central Texas middle and high schools in the Challenge as a regional effort to boost school attendance and ultimately student achievement. The average school in the challenge boosted attendance 2.53% and Stony Point posted a 5.06% gain earning them the title of national champions. The challenge also had a transformative effect on Stony Point High School. The high school, one of the largest high schools in the challenge, came together and not only posted huge attendance gains but also boosted student engagement. More than half the student body was active in the challenge.
“We are very proud of the hard work the Stony Point High School staff, faculty and especially the students did to earn this victory,” said E3 Alliance president & executive director Susan Dawson. “The Challenge is a great first step in our overall campaign to increase awareness about student attendance across Central Texas through our Missing School Matters campaign.”
The OMG Girlz, based in Atlanta, is made up of three high school students: Star, Beauty and Baby Doll. Formed by Tameka “Tiny” Harris, formerly of the multi-platinum girl group, Xscape, the OMG GIRLZ released their hit song “GUCCI THIS (GUCCI THAT)” in 2011 and it quickly became an instant hit on the Top 10 list of BET’s 106 & Park. Their first album will be released this fall.
More than 10,000 students across the country have earned a stop on the Get Schooled Victory Tour. As part of the Victory Tour, celebrities serve as “Get Schooled Celebrity Principals for the Day” at the school. Past Get Schooled Celebrity Principals for the Day have included Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Bella Thorne, Rocsi and Big Sean.
“Stony Point High School, the E3 Alliance and the entire Austin community demonstrate what is possible when communities come together and focus on a critical predictor of student success,” said Marie Groark, Executive Director of the Get Schooled Foundation. “The amazing effort put forth by thousands of community leaders, students and teachers is an example for the rest of the nation.”
Incite Social Impact Marketing collaborated with E3 Alliance and Get Schooled to implement the Challenge in Central Texas. Incite is associated with the Emmis Austin Radio, featuring stations 93.3 KGSR, News Radio KLBJ 590 AM & 99.7 FM, 93.7 KLBJ FM, 101X, Comedy 102.7, 103.5 Bob FM and 107.1 La Zeta.