Education group ranks Houston schools on pandemic performance



A statewide education think tank analyzed standardized test scores for more than 1,300 Houston schools, identifying those with above-average academic performance and those with the lowest scores. more lowered.

Houston ISD schools appeared more than everyone else on the list

compiled by the nonprofit group Children At Risk, with eight campuses on the “resilient” list and three on the “red flag” list.

The aim of the study was to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools in Houston by comparing the scores of the State of Texas School Readiness Assessments (STAARs) for years school 2018-19 and 2020-21.

The overall story was positive, said Bob Sanborn, president of Children At Risk, because the scan results were better than expected. The differences between schools that succeeded and fell back during COVID-19 appear to be straightforward, he said, boiling down to innovation, investment and extra effort.

“Obviously, a pattern is emerging here. Keep the kids engaged, engage the parents and use the technology, ”Sanborn said. “It’s not rocket science, but it takes time.”

“Resilient” schools

The 15 schools reported as doing a good job all had over 75 percent of low-income students and high accountability scores on the part of the state.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Step Charter Elementary, Brookline Elementary, Morgan Magnet Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Park Place Elementary.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Step Charter Elementary, Sharpstown International School, Project Chrysalis Middle, Baylor College of Medicine Academy, and Kipp Poder Academy.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Mount Carmel Academy, Long Academy, Pasadena High School, Alief Early College High School, and Houston T-Stem & Early College High School.

Red flag schools

These schools have a history of high state accountability scores, but have experienced a decline in student performance in STAAR scores over the past two years.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Beta Academy, Campbell Elementary, Wells Elementary, League City Elementary, and Donald Leonetti Elementary.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Energized For STEM Academy Middle, Stockdick Junior High School, Beta Academy, Energized for Excellence Academy I and Yes Prep – West.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Power on for STEM Academy High School, Kingwood High School, Memorial High School, Manvel High School and Stratford High School.

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