New information from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows that the number of "worst schools in Texas" has increased significantly. Recently, TEA released its latest Public Education Grant list, reporting that 1,532 schools are underperforming.
That figure has grown by more than 300 since 2014 when the total was 1,199 schools. The year before, there were only 892 schools on the list.
To be included, schools have either received an "Improvement Required" rating from TEA in the past three years or have a 50 percent or lower passing rate for standardized testing in two of the past three years. The list is published in accordance with the Public Education Grant, which allows parents to transfer children out of schools on the list of low performers.
There are 109 schools from Houston ISD on the list, including nearly 60 elementary schools.
Other Houston-area districts on the list include:
- Aldine ISD (26 schools)
- Spring ISD (13 schools)
- Brazosport ISD (12 schools)
- Spring Branch ISD (10 schools)
- Alief ISD (9 schools)
- Pasadena ISD (8 schools)
- Fort Bend ISD (7 schools)
- Galveston ISD (7 schools)
- La Marque ISD (4 schools)
- Klein ISD (4 schools)
- Humble ISD (3 schools)
- Conroe ISD (2 schools)
- Alvin ISD (2 schools)
- Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (1 school)
- Galena Park ISD (1 school)
To see the full list, go to the TEA website and click on the '2016-17 Public Education Grant List' attachment at the bottom of the page.