Three-Quarters of HISD Schools Hit the Federal Mark
U.S. Accountability System Measures Schools’ Progress Toward All Students
Being Proficient in Math and Reading by 2014
Seventy-four percent of Houston Independent School District campuses made the federally mandated Adequate Yearly Progress toward 100 percent student proficiency in math and reading by the 2013-2014 school year, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools and school districts across the nation are expected to have every student proficient in math and reading by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Those that are on a pace to meet that goal are considered to have made Adequate Yearly Progress.
In Texas, schools were determined to be making Adequate Yearly Progress in 2010-2011 if 80 percent of students passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reading exam and 75 percent passed the TAKS math test. In addition, schools must ensure that a certain percentage of students enrolled at their campus are tested. Finally, minimum graduation and attendance rate marks must also be reached. If any group of students doesn’t meet any of those standards, a school district or campus is judged not to have made Adequate Yearly Progress. Those student groups are African American, Hispanic, white, economically disadvantaged, special education, and students with limited English skills.
Earlier this year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicted that 82 percent of schools nationally would come up short of the goals set out by No Child Left Behind. According to Education Week, the percentage of schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress this year ranges from 89 percent in Florida to 11 percent in Wisconsin.
In Texas, 605 of 1,220 school districts (50 percent) and 2,233 of 7,830 schools (29 percent) did not make Adequate Yearly Progress during the 2010-2011 school year. In 2009-2010, 21 percent of Texas districts and 5 percent of schools missed the mark.
In HISD 211 of 286 (74 percent) evaluated campuses made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011. Seventy-five schools (26 percent) did not meet the standard.
Overall, HISD as a district did not make Adequate Yearly Progress for the sixth consecutive year. This is the second straight year that HISD has missed the mark because the district exceeded the federal cap for the percentage of children tested using exams designed for special education students. The federal limit is 3 percent, and in HISD 5 percent of students in reading and 4.6 percent of students in math were proficient on the special education exam, exceeding the 3 percent cap
Texas law requires that all students who are determined by a panel of educators to need special education services be given state exams designed to accommodate their needs.