“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

Categories: Charter Schools, High-Stakes Testing, KIPP, Latina/os

Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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