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.
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.
On average, kindergarten English language learners (ELLs) had lower scores on the TPRI/Tejas Lee and DRA/EDL at the end of the 2009-2010 school year than did non-ELLs. For first graders, no significant difference was found between Spanish-speaking ELLs and non-ELLs on the TPRI/Tejas Lee.
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.
AISD served 5,450 pre-K students in 2009-2010. Approximately 70% of sampled English-speaking pre-K students and 74% of sampled Spanish-speaking pre-K students had faster than the expected growth rate in receptive vocabulary.
AISD Prekindergarten Program Longitudinal Summary Report, Issue 2: Half-Day versus Full-Day Programs, 2001-2002 Pre-K Cohort
Full-day pre-K students from the 2001–2002 cohort were more likely to pass the 2010 7th-grade reading TAKS than were kindergarten students from the 2002–2003 cohort who were assumed eligible for pre-K but did not attend pre-K in 2001–2002.
Pre-k teachers with more than 18 students reported a greater frequency of students’ disruptive behaviors than did teachers with fewer students. Most teachers gave positive ratings to their support team, central office staff, and the curriculum.
AISD Prekindergarten Program Longitudinal Summary Report, Issue 1: Long-Term Benefits, 2005-2006 Pre-K Cohort
Economically disadvantaged English language learners who were enrolled in the 2005-2006 AISD pre-K program performed better on the Spring 2010 reading and math TAKS than did similar students who first enrolled in AISD during kindergarten or later.