What The 2018 Children At Risk Data Reveals About Houston Area Schools

Few bright spots shine for the Houston area in the 2018 data.

The 2018 Children At Risk data reveals a startlingly trend: the declining quality of Houston area school districts.

The 20 largest Houston area school districts enroll nearly 1 million students – representing 81% of all Houston area enrolled students.

Since 2015, only 3 of the 20 largest districts have shown signs of improvement. That is according to the Children At Risk’s C@R school grade – a measure of overall school quality.

The three districts showing signs of improvement account for a mere 8.6% of all Houston area enrolled students.

Of the school districts not part of the 20 largest, only 26 of 67 showed signs of improvement – accounting for 7.1% of all enrolled students. (NOTE: 2 school districts received no grade and accounted for 0.1% of all enrolled students)

Improvement in school districts is needed, especially since 10 of the 20 largest districts have a majority of schools graded C+ or below, and 13 of the 20 largest districts have at least one failing school.

In Houston ISD, the problem with failing schools is profound – 67 of 274 schools (24%) are failing.

However, the situation among the largest 20 districts is the worst in Spring ISD which has the highest rate of failing schools at 33%. Those failing schools enroll an astounding 48% of the district’s total students.

The school grades matter, too. At the school-level, there is an expected relationship between grade and SAT score: the higher the grade, the higher the SAT score.

All but one school with a grade of D- or F failed to reach the Houston area average SAT score of 1369.

If the negative trend in Houston area school districts continues, a decline in average SAT score will very likely follow.

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