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Panhandle Elementary School is considered a rural school by the state of Texas, and roughly a third of its 320 students are classified as economically disadvantaged. The school is also one of the highest-achieving elementary schools in Texas.
Panhandle’s principal, Doug Rawlins, began his career as a football coach before teaching middle- and high-school science. Rawlins soon gained attention for his ability to boost the academic achievement of students from low-income families. While serving in Dumas Independent School District, Rawlins’s superintendent offered to pay for Rawlins’s master’s degree so that he could become a principal. Rawlins took over at Panhandle Elementary School in 2012. We spoke with Rawlins to learn how he used Schoolzilla’s data platform to find critical insights that helped his staff boost the achievement of all students at his school.