PISD earns top grade in Children at Risk rankings

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Pearland Independent School District boasted 100 percent of its schools earning A’s and B’s and five schools among the top 100 in the Houston area, according to recently-released Children at Risk 2015 rankings.

Of the 21 district campuses ranked, 16 received an A ranking — making Pearland ISD the largest Houston-area district with only A and B scores.

The local nonprofit organization examines public schools in the eight-county Houston region, ranking them on an A-F grade scale primarily based on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness reading and math scores.

A grades were for schools at or above the 75th percentile, while B grades were for those at or above the 55th percentile.

In addition, the analysis considers annual student progress on state tests and the relative scores of low-income students.

School Rankings Methodology
This year, Children at Risk ranked 870 elementary schools, 315 intermediate schools and 163 high schools.

In Pearland ISD, only Turner College and Career High School and PACE Center were excluded from the rankings — TCCHS being a new school with insufficient data from Texas Education Agency and PACE being an alternative campus.

In addition to examining student scores in reading and math, the Children at Risk study took into account campuses that helped low-income students succeed academically, gains in test scores from the previous school year and college readiness through participation rates and scores on SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement.

A Houston-based nonprofit organization, Children at Risk has evaluated all Texas public schools since 2009, using the most recent data from TEA.

View the Rankings
To view Children at Risk’s complete Houston-area rankings, visit http://childrenatrisk.org/content/?page_id=8074.

While groups like this provide valid and useful data, for practicality and efficiency Pearland ISD continues to use the state accountability system, which provides a measure for every student, student group and campus.

For more information about Pearland ISD accountability ratings, visit the district’s testing page at www.pearlandisd.org or the TEA website at www.tea.texas.gov.

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