Patterns of course credit attainment for 2009-2010 AISD high school students are discussed. Among those most likely not to be on track to graduate in 4 years were English language learners and students in special education.
Twenty-nine percent of students enrolled in AISD were English language learners in 2009-2010. The majority of them (62%) continued to make progress in English proficiency and their TAKS scores have continued to improve over the years.
On average, kindergarten English learners (ELs) had lower scores on the TPRI/Tejas Lee and DRA/EDL early reading assessments at the end of the 2009-2010 school year than did non-ELs. For first graders, no significant difference was found between Spanish-speaking ELs and non-ELs on the TPRI/Tejas Lee.
Ninth-grade predictors of dropout risk among English language learners were having an attendance rate below 90%, being 16 years or older, earning less than 5 credits, attending a Title I campus and scoring beginning or intermediate on TELPAS reading.