On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Texas Education Agency released preliminary or ‘What if” grades for districts and campuses.
In order for me to get a clearer picture, I decided to break down some of the data to a manageable size. I decided to focus on the districts in my region, the districts serviced by Educational Service Center 4 or Region 4. In Region 4 there are fifty school districts including Houston ISD and Cypress-Fairbanks.
I chose to compare two data points.
- The district percentage of Low Socio-Economic students according to the Texas Academic Performance Report 2015-16
- The second data point was a calculation of the average scores for each district. I had to convert the letter grades to a numeric value. I used the long time 4.0 grading scale used by most college and universities.
- A = 4.0
- B = 3.0
- C = 2.0
- D = 1.0
- F = 0.0
- I then plotted them on a graph to see the relationship between Low Socio-Economic percentage and the average letter grade.
The horizontal X-Axis represents the percentage of Low Socio-Economic students in the district.
The vertical Y-Axis represents the grade average from the four categories for the district.
With the exception of a few outliers the districts with the lower percentage of Low Socio-Economic students have the higher grades and vice-versa, the districts with the higher percentage of Low Socio-Economic students had lower grades. The report did not reveal anything we didn’t know already, poorer schools are in need of more help.
This smells of an attempt by Lt. Dan to prove that charter schools are better than publics schools, therefore improving his chances of getting a “Voucher Bill” passed during this legislative session. Please, PLEEEASE do not let them get a voucher bill passed. This will divert badly needed funds from schools that need them.