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June 24, 2017
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Where to get more information on Houston-area schools

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If you want to learn more about a school, check out the Texas Education Agency's Web site at www.tea.state.tx.us. To access detailed information about a school, click on "AEIS Reports" under the Most Popular Information. After choosing a year and a school, you will find:
  • Test scores, including what percentage of students in the elementary grades passed the Spanish version of the TAKS and how the school compares with the district average, the state average and the average of the campus group, which are those schools that have similar demographics.

  • The percentage of students whose passing rate on all portions of the test are higher than the state's minimum standards, which in 2003 allowed students to miss more questions and still pass than will be allowed this year. An even higher passing standard will be required in 2005.

  • The percentage of students not tested because they were absent the day of the test or were exempted because they are in special education or speak limited English.

  • The percentage of students speaking limited-English who are gaining proficiency in the language.

  • The high school's annual dropout rate, which is based on school-reported figures for the 2001-02 school year.

  • The high school's four-year dropout rate, which is based on the percentage of first-time ninth-graders who, after five years, failed to graduate, pursue a GED or continue a fifth year in high school.

  • The percentage of high school students who take advanced placement tests for college credit.

  • Class sizes.

  • The percentage of students who are retained in each grade in elementary and middle school.

  • The average experience of teachers and how much they earn.
The TEA Web site also offers education news updates, a description of the new rating system, information about testing, old tests and an outline of the state-required curriculum, called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Another valuable site is operated by Just for the Kids, an Austin-based nonprofit organization also known as the National Center for Educational Accountability. The group analyzes school performance based on test scores and other data. Its site, www.just4kids.org, allows parents to compare their child's school with other schools that have as many or more disadvantaged students.



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