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“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
About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (475 Articles)
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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