Children at Risk released their 2018 statewide rankings for 191 Texas elementary, middle and high schools. This is the 13th year the nonprofit organization has put out the list.
Children at Risk based their elementary and middle school rankings off three factors: student achievement, achievement and poverty (performance) and student growth. High schools were ranked with the three factors as well as college readiness.
The achievement indicators are based on students performance on STAAR Reading and Math tests. Performance indicators adjust the achievement indicators get rid of bias for schools with lower percentages on economically disadvantaged students. Growth indicators are based on standardized test scores that improved in math and reading. College readiness looked at graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and AP/IB rates and scores.
Children at Risk found that 56 percent of students are categorized as economically disadvantaged in Houston and 58 percent of students statewide are in the same category.
Additionally, 9 percent of Houston-area schools were labeled gold ribbon schools, meaning at least 75 percent of the student body is economically disadvantaged, but the school is not a magnet or charter school and still has an A or B ranking.
Two Houston high schools made the top ten. Debakey High School for Health Professionals ranked first in the state and Eastwood Academy ranked ninth. Both received A+ grades from Children at Risk.
|Houston Rank||School||District||State Rank|
|1||Debakey High School for Health Professionals||Houston ISD||1|
|2||Eastwood Academy||Houston ISD||9|
|3||Carnegie Vanguard High School||Houston ISD||18|
|4||Kerr High School||Alief ISD||19|
|5||Alief Early College High School||Alief ISD||21|
|6||East Early College High School||Houston ISD||25|
|7||Spring Early College Academy||Spring ISD||33|
|8||Sharpstown International School||Houston ISD||36|
|9||Victory Early COllege High School||Aldine ISD||38|
|10||Challenge Early College High School||Houston ISD||39|
|11||Impact Early College High School||Goose Creek CISD||40|
|12||Clear Horizons Early College High School||Clear Creek ISD||43|
|13||Harmony School of Innovation- Sugar Land||Harmony School of Science- Houston||45|
|14||North Houston Early College High School||Houston ISD||46|
|15||Seven Lakes High School||Katy ISD||55|
|16||High School for Performing and Visual Arts||Houston ISD||63|
|17||YES Prep- North Central||YES Prep Public Schools INC||67|
|18||Quest Early College High School||Humble ISD||68|
|19||Young Women’s College Prep Academy||Houston ISD||69|
|20||Cypress Ranch High School||Cypress-Fairbanks ISD||72|