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 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.
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.