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Please note, CHILDREN AT RISK receives a high volume of questions and requests during the annual release of the School Rankings. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.
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Hello, why private schools are not ranked? how can we compare private and public institutions? Thank you very much, Laurisvel Ferraz
We use publicly available data from the Texas Education Agency, which only includes public schools. Unfortunately, similar data for private schools is very difficult to access.
Why do North Forest schools not appear in rankings?
North Forest ISD schools do appear in the Greater Houston rankings as well as the statewide rankings.
I noticed that the Plano ISD schools were missing from the 2014 high school rankings. Was that just an oversight or did they request to be removed from the research study?
Neither- unfortunately we were missing data necessary to rank the Plano ISD high schools. The Plano ISD elementary and middle schools are ranked.
How do I distinguish in the 2014 School Rankings Report for San Antonio the charter schools from the public schools for elementary and middle schools?
At the bottom of the San Antonio School Rankings page (http://childrenatrisk.org/research/school-rankings/2014-san-antonio-school-rankings/) you'll see links to download the "full data files" for each grade level. These excel files include a Y/N column for charter schools.
How is it possible for KIPP Austin College Prep to be ranked number 2 in middle schoools last year and then this year its 59? Different measurements?
There were differences in the methodology this year, and as a result we advise against direct comparison of this year's School Rankings to previous years' results. Read more about this year's methodology here: http://childrenatrisk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-School-Rankings-Methodology1.pdf.
I would like to know why Dulles High School is not ranked as one of the top 10 Math and Science Schools. Dulles has won the State UIL in Math and Science for the past 3 years. This year we have a United States Winner in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. We are ranked as 4th in the US in physics.
We just posted the full STEM files on our website (http://childrenatrisk.org/2014-stem-rankings-top-schools-in-math-and-science/), and Dulles is ranked as the #14 STEM school in Houston, which is very commendable!
Ann Richards is not ranked in your high school list. Their first graduating class was in 2013, so there should be data. The school includes grades 6-12, so it should be on a middle school list and on a high school list. Thanks
Unfortunately there tends to be a lag time in reporting that data. As soon TEA can provide graduation data for that campus, we will rank it. Hopefully next year.
In Austin, seems like Harmony Science Academy is not ranked this year and Lasa was not ranked in 2013. Is this correct?
That is correct. There are Harmony campuses on the 2014 Austin Middle School list though.
how can i find information about Rice CISD for 2014?
Rice CISD can be found in our statewide lists on our website here: http://childrenatrisk.org/2014-texas-school-rankings/
Why was Vandergrift High School in Austin not ranked? It is coming up as a good school?
We try to rank as many schools as possible. However, in some cases we are missing some of the data necessary to calculate rankings for some schools, and they must be excluded. This is in no way a reflection of their performance.
You stated that you used: "The most recently available from TEA, which are from the 2012-2013 school year" But I am wondering where I would be able to examine the same data? Information via AEIS reports on the TEA website only goes to 2011-12.
The AEIS system has transitioned into the new TAPR system. That 2012-2013 data can be found here: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/tapr/2013/index.html
How are rankings for school districts determined?
Districts are ranked using the same criteria as the campuses. You can find more detailed information in our methodology report here: http://childrenatrisk.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-School-Rankings-Methodology1.pdf
I am an administrator for Port Neches-Groves ISD. I was looking at both the 2013 and 2014 and I don't see any of our campuses listed in 2013, only 2014. Can you tell me why?
We did rank the Port Neches-Groves ISD middle and high school campuses in 2013, but we were unable to rank the elementary schools. We make an effort to rank every school, but sometimes are missing necessary data. This used to be common with schools that have split campuses like grades K-3 and grades 4-5, as in Port Neches-Groves ISD. However this year we adjusted the methodology to be able to rank more schools, including those with fewer grades.
What about Boerne ISD?
Boerne ISD schools can be found in our statewide files on our website here: http://childrenatrisk.org/2014-texas-school-rankings/
What information is missing that you weren't able to rank Brennan High? They made a national list of best schools.
We were missing graduation rate data.
How is NISD's Dr John Folks Middle School ranked?
We try to rank as many schools as possible. However, in some cases we are missing some of the data necessary to calculate rankings for some schools, and they must be excluded.
which year of STAAR test scores were used for the report?
The most recently available from TEA, which are from the 2012-2013 school year.
Why does the rank of Condit El drop from 9 (Houston Rank) in 2013 to 67 in 2014? What makes the big difference? Thanks
It is important to note that there are a lot of schools very close together at the top of the list- Condit Elementary is an A school above the 90th percentile for all elementary schools in Houston, which is commendable. Because the methodology has changed, this year's School Rankings are not directly comparable to previous years' results.
Why condit es ranking dropped so much in2014? From 6 in 2013 to 69 in 2014
It is important to note that there are a lot of schools very close together at the top of the list- Condit Elementary is an A school above the 90th percentile for all elementary schools in Houston, which is commendable. Because the methodology has changed, this year's School Rankings are not directly comparable to previous years' results.
Where does Tomball memorial HS rank?
We try to rank as many schools as possible. However, in some cases we are missing some of the data necessary to calculate rankings for some schools, and they must be excluded.
In the past you had a column with "per pupil spending" which was very telling. Do you know where I can find that info? Why was it not included this year?
Thanks for your feedback- it's good to know that data was useful to you. We can certainly consider including that again next year. You can find that information for any school through the TEA website on this page: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/tapr/2013/srch.html?srch=C. Pull up the report for the school you are interested in, and at the bottom you'll see a link to the financial data.
Why isn't Tomball Memorial high school listed in the ranking?
We try to rank as many schools as possible. However, in some cases we are missing some of the data necessary to calculate rankings for some schools, and they must be excluded.
Could you please rank the charter schools by district? For example, my charter school is part of a charter school district that includes a middle school and my elementary school. thanks
Thanks for the feedback. This was our first year ranking traditional districts, and we are definitely thinking about the best way to include charter districts next year.
Is Children at Risk still giving special recognitions (gold ribbons)?
Yes, the Gold Ribbon schools have been re-posted on the CHILDREN AT RISK website.
Will you be giving Gold Ribbon reccognitions like reported earlier on the Houston Chronicle?
Yes, the Gold Ribbon schools have been re-posted on the CHILDREN AT RISK website.