“Don’t Believe the Hype” Pt. II: Charter Schools and College Readiness for Blacks

At the 2012 Texas Heroes NAACP Banquet — with Yannis Banks and State Rep. Sylvester Turner.

Last week I conducted a quick analysis of Majority Latina/o High Schools in Texas to understand 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 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exit testing. I concluded that only 8 of the 64 majority Latina/o high schools with 50% or more college-ready were charters. At the recent 2012 NAACP conference in Corpus Christi I was asked how the same analysis would look for African Americans. The first issue I ran into was that there are no high schools in the Lone Star State that are majority African American and have more than 50% college-ready— which in an of itself is a finding. So I lowered the bar on college-readiness from 50% to 30%. At that level, only 7 high schools in the state are majority African American with more than 30% being college ready on both Reading and Math. None of the 7 schools are charters.

Campus Name County Name Charter %CR
1 THURGOOD MARSHALL H S FORT BEND N 43
2 LA MARQUE H S GALVESTON N 38
3 DAVID W CARTER HIGH SCHOOL DALLAS N 36
4 KASHMERE H S HARRIS N 36
5 YATES H S HARRIS N 33
6 DESOTO H S DALLAS N 33
7 CEDAR HILL H S DALLAS N 32
Total N 7 7 7 7

The logical question arises, what high schools in the state have 50% of African Americans tested college-ready? Are charters represented in this group? For this analysis I set the percentage of African Americans in the school at 12% or more based on the 2010 U.S. Census estimation of 11.8% African Americans in the state of Texas. Using the 12% population level, there are 30 high schools in the state of Texas where more than 50% of the African American students are college ready. Of those, only 1 of the high schools is a charter, KIPP Houston. For extensive discussion about KIPP Houston on this blog, go here.

Campus Name County Name Charter % CR % AA
1 DEBAKEY H S FOR HEALTH PROF HARRIS N 98 16
2 SCHOOL FOR THE TALENTED AND GIFTED DALLAS N 93 12
3 MIDDLE COLLEGE H S DALLAS N 89 12
4 CARNEGIE VANGUARD H S HARRIS N 88 13
5 ITASCA H S HILL N 83 11
6 QUEST H S HARRIS N 80 13
7 JUDGE BAREFOOT SANDERS LAW MAGNET DALLAS N 76 14
8 KIPP HOUSTON H S HARRIS Y 75 2
9 SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS DALLAS N 74 22
10 PERFOR & VIS ARTS H S HARRIS N 74 12
11 STEPHEN F AUSTIN H S FORT BEND N 69 15
12 ROSIE SORRELLS EDUCATION AND SOCIA DALLAS N 68 25
13 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT DALLAS N 67 16
14 EASTSIDE MEMORIAL GREEN TECH H S TRAVIS N 60 4
15 TRINIDAD GARZA EARLY COLLEGE H S A DALLAS N 60 7
16 GIDDINGS H S LEE N 60 9
17 ROWLETT H S DALLAS N 58 12
18 FRISCO H S COLLIN N 57 10
19 EMPOWERMENT COLLEGE PREP H S HARRIS N 56 .
20 BELLAIRE H S HARRIS N 56 13
21 CHALLENGE EARLY COLLEGE H S HARRIS N 55 16
22 MANSFIELD SUMMIT H S TARRANT N 55 19
23 BOOKER T WASHINGTON SPVA MAGNET DALLAS N 55 12
24 KEMPNER H S FORT BEND N 55 8
25 LAW ENFCMT-CRIM JUST H S HARRIS N 54 16
26 CARVER H S FOR APPLIED TECH/ENGINE HARRIS N 52 31
27 STAFFORD H S FORT BEND N 52 18
28 LAMAR H S HARRIS N 51 17
29 GLENDA DAWSON H S BRAZORIA N 51 18
30 BELL H S TARRANT N 51 11
Total N 30 30 30 30 29
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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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