“Don’t Believe the Hype”: Charter Schools and College Readiness for Latinos

Today I conducted a quick analysis of Majority Latina/o High Schools in Texas. I was wondering, of those high schools that are Majority Latina/o, comparing charters and non-charters, what high schools in the state had a majority (more than 50%) of their Latina/o students college-ready (defined as scoring a 2200 on both Math and Reading) according to high-stakes TAKS exit testing? Conclusion: Only 8 of the 64 high schools are charters. Also, only three of the top twenty are charters. Here are the Texas high schools that had 50% or more college-ready Latina/os. Cautionary Note: Today I won’t discuss again the creaming of students that takes place in magnets and charters (i.e. KIPP).

Campus Name County % College Ready on Math and Reading TAKS 2010 Charter
1 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DALLAS 98 N
2 EAST EARLY COLLEGE H S HARRIS 96 N
3 HEALTH CAREERS H S BEXAR 92 N
4 SILVA HEALTH MAGNET EL PASO 91 N
5 KIPP HOUSTON H S HARRIS 86 Y
6 EASTWOOD ACADEMY HARRIS 85 N
7 JUDGE BAREFOOT SANDERS LAW MAGNET DALLAS 85 N
8 THE SCIENCE ACADEMY OF SOUTH TEXAS CAMERON 85 N
9 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF AMERICA BEXAR 83 N
10 YES PREP – NORTH CENTRAL CAMPUS HARRIS 83 Y
11 MISSION EARLY COLLEGE H S EL PASO 82 N
12 SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS DALLAS 80 N
13 COLLEGIATE H S NUECES 79 N
14 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT DALLAS 79 N
15 BRUNI H S WEBB 75 N
16 BALMORHEA SCHOOL REEVES 75 N
17 IRMA LERMA RANGEL YOUNG WOMEN’S LE DALLAS 74 N
18 IDEA COLLEGE PREP HIDALGO 73 Y
19 FLATONIA SECONDARY FAYETTE 72 N
20 EARLY COLLEGE H S WEBB 71 N
21 EARLY COLLEGE H S DALLAS 71 N
22 YES PREP – SOUTHEAST CAMPUS HARRIS 71 Y
23 WESTCHESTER ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIO HARRIS 70 N
24 HEBBRONVILLE H S JIM HOGG 69 N
25 SOUTH TEXAS ACADEMY OF MEDICAL TEC CAMERON 68 N
26 MIDDLE COLLEGE H S DALLAS 68 N
27 SOUTH TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOR HEALTH CAMERON 67 N
28 TRINIDAD GARZA EARLY COLLEGE H S A DALLAS 66 N
29 PALACIOS H S MATAGORDA 64 N
30 BRANDEIS HS BEXAR 64 N
31 HALE CENTER H S HALE 61 N
32 DENVER CITY H S YOAKUM 61 N
33 TAFT H S BEXAR 61 N
34 SEAGRAVES H S GAINES 60 N
35 CLARK HS BEXAR 60 N
36 BANQUETE H S NUECES 58 N
37 BROOKS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGI BEXAR 58 Y
38 MARSHALL HS BEXAR 57 N
39 O’DONNELL H S LYNN 57 N
40 HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY – AUSTIN TRAVIS 57 Y
41 PEGASUS CHARTER H S DALLAS 57 Y
42 EAGLE PASS HIGH SCHOOL MAVERICK 56 N
43 PASADENA MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL HARRIS 56 N
44 O’CONNOR H S BEXAR 56 N
45 HANNA H S CAMERON 55 N
46 ROWE H S HIDALGO 55 N
47 STEVENS HS BEXAR 55 N
48 REAGAN COUNTY H S REAGAN 55 N
49 DEVINE H S MEDINA 55 N
50 QUEST ACADEMY DALLAS 55 Y
51 EASTWOOD HS EL PASO 54 N
52 BENAVIDES SECONDARY DUVAL 54 N
53 LAW ENFCMT-CRIM JUST H S HARRIS 54 N
54 SOUTH TEXAS BUSINESS EDUCATION & T CAMERON 54 N
55 RALLS H S CROSBY 54 N
56 SHARYLAND H S HIDALGO 52 N
57 BURGES H S EL PASO 52 N
58 MCALLEN H S HIDALGO 52 N
59 SKIDMORE-TYNAN H S BEE 52 N
60 CHALLENGE EARLY COLLEGE H S HARRIS 51 N
61 A C JONES H S BEE 51 N
62 WARREN H S BEXAR 51 N
63 CHAPIN HS EL PASO 51 N
64 PERRYTON H S OCHILTREE 51 N
Total 64 64 64 64
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Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin.

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