Apr 29, 2014 Leticia Fehling Aldine Area, Anderson Academy, Carmichael Elementary, Carver HS, District, Eisenhower Area, MacArthur Area, Marcella Intermediate, Raymond Academy, Sammons Elementary, School News 0
Children at Risk recently re-released the 2014 School Rankings. The rankings focus on student academic growth. The nonpartisan advocacy group ranked schools from eight counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller) and assigned a letter grade. Several Aldine ISD schools received a “B+,” “B” or “B-” based on the methodology used by Children at Risk.
Carver High School ranked among the top 50 high schools and received a “B” for campus performance, student achievement and growth. In the middle school rankings, Marcella Intermediate School received a “B-” while several elementary schools also ranked well. Anderson Academy earned a “B+,” Sammons Elementary School received a “B,” Carmichael Elementary School obtained a “B-” and Raymond Academy received a “B-” in the rankings.
It is worth mentioning that Carver High made U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best High Schools ranking and received a Silver medal. Two other AISD campuses made the U.S. News 2014 ranking. Victory Early College High School earned a Gold medal and Eisenhower High School received a Bronze medal.
Carver High also received a 2014 Schools of Distinction Award from Magnet Schools of America (MSA). Carver High also made Niche.com’s list of Top Schools in Houston Area.
AISD had eight middle schools and 10 elementary campuses earn “C+,” “C” and “C-” grades in the 2014 rankings. Shotwell Middle, which earned a “C+,” also received a 2014 Schools of Excellence Award from MSA. Hoffman Middle School also earned recognition. The campus received a Schools of Distinction Award from MSA in 2014.
Children at Risk analyzes how well schools are educating students. On the organization’s website, “A” schools are the best schools in the state; “B” schools are excellent schools that any parent should be proud to send their child to; “C” schools are good schools performing at the average level. Schools receiving “C” grades are often above average on indicators.
The method also looked at the progress students made at a campus from one year to the next. Children at Risk then compared a campus’ progress with other schools at the same prior achievement level.
Children at Risk recognizes that schools across the state are dealing with rising student populations. This poses some challenges for schools. A growing number of students are from economically disadvantaged families. And schools are also seeing a rise in English language learners. These groups of students need more support and resources to ensure academic success.
In 2013-2014, Aldine ISD’s student population increased by more than 2,000 since last year. Currently, 85% of AISD students are economically disadvantaged (the state average is approx. 60%) and more than 31% are limited English proficient, which is nearly double the state average of 16.8%.
Suburban schools with more affluent students continue to dominate the top of the Children at Risk rankings. So do specialty schools where students must apply.
Visit Children at Risk to view the rankings and to read about the method to rank schools.
Children at Risk is a nonpartisan advocacy group that strives to improve children’s quality of life. The nonpartisan advocacy group utilizes strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy.
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