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Baumgartner, Erin; Thrash, Courtney – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This is the second in a series of briefs examining student access to Houston Independent School District (HISD) pre-kindergarten (pre-k) programs. The current study examined strategies for increasing access to pre-k in HISD, including the intended and unintended consequences of zoning pre-k using existing elementary school zones. We found that…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Access to Education, Preschool Education, School Districts
Pavlakis, Alexandra; Richards, Meredith P.; Roberts, J. Kessa; Pierce, Mark – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
In this report, we examined the educational outcomes of Houston Independent School District's (HISD) students who are homeless from 2012-13 to 2016-17, the years immediately preceding Hurricane Harvey. We found that, compared to non-homeless students with similar characteristics, homeless students were at elevated risk of a range of adverse…
Descriptors: Homeless People, At Risk Students, Correlation, Attendance
Holzman, Brian; Salazar, Esmeralda Sánchez; Chukhray, Irina – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This report examines the role of English learner (ELs) status in four-year college enrollment and bachelor's degree completion among Houston Independent School District (HISD) high school graduates. We divide students into four groups: students who are never classified as EL (hereafter referred to as "Never EL" students), ELs who are…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Course Selection (Students)
Holzman, Brian – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
Motivated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's (THECB) "60×30TX" strategic plan for ensuring 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 complete a postsecondary credential by 2030, this project examined the path to and through college and into the workforce for students in the Houston area and state of Texas. Strong academic supports…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, Postsecondary Education, College Attendance
Holzman, Brian; Lewis, Bethany; Chukhray, Irina – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This report examined school-to-work linkages among bachelor's degree holders in the state of Texas. Linkage is a measure of how closely connected college majors are to specific occupations in the labor market. Studying linkage is useful as the state works toward ensuring students complete postsecondary credentials with marketable skills. The study…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, College Graduates, Bachelors Degrees, Career Readiness
Thrash, Courtney; Heard, Holly; Kennedy, Camila Cigarroa; Hanson, Vansa Shewakramani – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This study examines the relationship between Cycle 1 of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) College Success Initiative and students' preparation for, enrollment in, and persistence in college. Rates of FAFSA submission, two-year applications, four-year applications, and on-time college enrollment all significantly increased during Cycle…
Descriptors: Correlation, School Districts, Program Effectiveness, College Readiness
Thrash, Courtney; Baumgartner, Erin – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
The comparability of various assessments of literacy achievement and growth adopted for use by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) was the focus of this study. Renaissance 360 is the universal screener used by campuses throughout the district. In contrast, Benchmark Running Records (BRR) are campus-specific, and each campus is able to…
Descriptors: Screening Tests, Reading Skills, English, Spanish
Holzman, Brian; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming; Martinez, Matthew J. – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This study tracked college and workforce outcomes for students who began 8th grade in fall 1998 and attended a Texas public school. Students were tracked for 17 years, through summer 2015, when they were approximately 30 years old. Of the 38,322 eighth-grade students in Harris County, 30 percent finished a postsecondary certificate or degree.…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Gender Differences
Gul, Mehreen – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This study determined the optimal tuition subsidy necessary to increase two- and four-year college graduation in Texas. The study also estimated the per pupil and total cost of potential subsidies, and compared how they might affect college graduation rates. The goal of this exercise was to provide guidance on how the state could achieve the Texas…
Descriptors: Tuition, Graduation Rate, Colleges, Educational Policy
Holzman, Brian; Hanson, Vansa Shewakramani – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification and its role in summer melt is examined in this brief. "Summer melt" is when high school seniors who appear ready to go to college the fall following graduation do not enroll. The study revealed one-third of Houston Independent School District (HISD) college-intending students…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, College Attendance, Intention
Holzman, Brian; Duffy, Horace – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
Part II of the Houston Longitudinal Study on the Transition to College and Work (HLS) examined potential indicators of college enrollment school and district staff might use to identify and support students at risk of not attending college. The study used administrative data from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and tracked two…
Descriptors: Enrollment, At Risk Students, Urban Schools, Predictor Variables
Holzman, Brian; Gul, Mehreen; Salazar, Esmeralda Sánchez; Kennedy, Camila Cigarroa – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
Part 3 of the Houston Longitudinal Study on the Transition to College and Work (HLS) examined: (1) Supply and demand for labor in the Houston area and Texas, including an examination of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's (THECB) "60×30TX" strategic plan; (2) In-demand occupations and skills in the Houston area; and (3) Early…
Descriptors: Labor Market, Urban Areas, Supply and Demand, Demand Occupations
Holzman, Brian – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This report examined college outcomes among three cohorts of 12th grade students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), prior to the implementation of the district's college advising program. The findings showed significant racial and ethnic gaps in college enrollment and completion. High test score and grades and earning college-level…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Urban Schools, Enrollment, College Graduates
Holzman, Brian; Duffy, Horace – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This report examined three potential indicators of college enrollment school and district staff might use to identify and support students at risk of not attending college: (1) Chicago: Designed to predict high school graduation; based on earning six course credits--the minimum to advance to the next grade in HISD--and having at most one semester…
Descriptors: Enrollment, At Risk Students, Urban Schools, Predictor Variables
Holzman, Brian; Duffy, Horace – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
These are the appendices for "Transitioning to College and Work. Part 2: A Study of Potential Enrollment Indicators," which examined potential indicators of college enrollment school and district staff might use to identify and support students at risk of not attending college. The study used administrative data from the Houston…
Descriptors: Enrollment, At Risk Students, Urban Schools, Predictor Variables
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