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Schools: Performance

Schools: Performance

Range of Academic Performance

  • While the median TAKS passage rate for schools by county has remained at or above 60% in recent years, the range of passing rates across schools in the region is significant, with some schools showing less than a 20% passing rate.
  • Note: The STAAR testing system replaced TAKS in Spring 2012.

Range of Academic Performance

Range of Academic Performance

  • When disaggregating the median TAKS passing rates by school for just those students flagged as Economically Disadvantaged, the overall pattern is similar to rates for all students but is approximately 10 points lower in all counties. This suggests that all counties in our region are struggling to meet the needs of Economically Disadvantaged students.

Range of Academic Performance

School Performance 2011

  • The number of academically unacceptable campuses in the region has increased from three in 2010 to 27 in 2011, due to more stringent testing standards and changes in TAKS accountability measures.
  • There is a higher share of exemplary and recognized campuses in districts with low percentages of Economically Disadvantaged students.

School Performance 2011

CURRENT STATE

A gap remains, although narrowing, between high- and low-performing campuses within counties and within school districts.

IDEAL STATE

Central Texas schools meet the educational needs of all students through a system of educational excellence in a safe and inclusive community.

CONTEXT

Academic performance, as often assessed through standardized testing (an approach facing increasing criticism in Texas), is the most broadly used determination of whether quality and equity efforts have been successful, despite the persistence of gaps in equity.

Differences in academic performance by campus and by school district often mirror other economic and land use patterns.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

Academic Performance by Race/Ethnicity

SOURCES

The TAAS test was replaced in 2003 by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), which was replaced in 2011 by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), representing two breaks in the trend for this measure.

Texas Education Agency