District Profile


The Winners: Fast Facts

1. Powering personalized, student-centered learning at scale.
2. Demonstrating strategies to improve student achievement across diverse demographics and regions.
3. Showcasing delivery models exhibiting long-term sustainability.


Three reasons Raise Your Hand Texas launched the Raising Blended Learners Initiative. More than 70 district and school teams around the state competed to win up to $500,000 and intensive technical assistance over three years to implement a blended learning plan and serve as statewide demonstration sites for blended learning in Texas. After months of planning, workshopping, and pitching their concepts, 10 team finalists were chosen. Ultimately, five winners were announced.

Cisco Independent School District was one of those winners. The Cisco ISD team delivered an impressive plan to push all students in their elementary and middle schools to improve performance in math and science. Here’s how the district aims to make that happen.


District Profile

Cisco ISD is a rural school district in West Texas enrolling 900 students from their community of fewer than 4,000 people. For many years Cisco ISD has been a leader in Region 14 for state accountability scores, consistently surpassing statewide STAAR standards. Despite their current successes, the number of Cisco ISD students excelling by reaching advanced achievement metrics has remained stagnant. To elevate all students to their own individual higher levels of academic achievement, Cisco ISD plans to use a station rotation blended learning model to fill gaps and push students to succeed, as measured by improved performance in math and science at their elementary and middle schools, scaling to all four district schools over three years.



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Cisco ISD Wins Raising Blended Learners Grant

Cisco ISD was selected as a Raising Blended Learners Initiative winner of up to $500,000 and three years intensive technical assistance to implement a blended learning program. The district plans to use blended learning to elevate student achievement in math and science.

The Winners: Fast Facts

  • The demonstration sites represent diverse public independent school districts and charter management organizations across the state including urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • All five districts enroll a total of approximately 94,300 students; the demonstration sites have the ability to impact more than 94,000 students.
  • The smallest district in our Top 5 serves fewer than 900 students while the largest serves more than 55,000.
  • Among the five districts, the average percent of students who are economically disadvantaged is 71.7 percent, higher than the state average of 60.2 percent.
  • The demonstration sites will pilot at 19 schools across their districts in year one, with some sites planning district-wide scaling by the end of three years.
  • Each of the demonstration site grant winners seek to apply blended learning strategies to remedy a specific challenge in their schools, such as low literacy rates, learning challenges among specific student populations such as English Language Learners and special education students, lack of student motivation, lagging high school graduation rates, math achievement, low postsecondary readiness skills, or poor student performance on state assessments.

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