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Stroub, Kori; Yin, Ming; Cigarroa Kennedy, Camila – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
This brief summarizes key findings from the first annual Needs Assessment Survey created and administered by the Houston Independent School District (HISD). In the fall 2019, HISD's Wraparound Services Department designed and administered the Needs Assessment Survey to all students, parents, and teachers on the 146 campuses that offered wraparound…
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Needs Assessment, Community Programs, Housing Needs
Stroub, K.; Yin, M.; Cigarroa Kennedy, C. – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
The Wraparound Services Department connects students and their families with non-academic community resources that support the students' ability to learn in school. The district currently partners with over 200 community organizations to offer wraparound services across 210 campuses. Wraparound Services Specialists in these campuses work with…
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Community Programs, Needs Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
Stroub, K.; Yin, M.; Cigarroa Kennedy, C. – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
The Wraparound Services Department connects students and their families with non-academic community resources that support the students' ability to learn in school. The district currently partners with over 200 community organizations to offer wraparound services across 210 campuses. Wraparound Services Specialists in these campuses work with…
Descriptors: Integrated Services, Needs Assessment, Community Programs, Housing Needs
Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Though economically disadvantaged students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) have "greater" access to pre-kindergarten (pre-k) than their peers, English learner (EL) students do not. Equity in access to nearby pre-k would mean at-risk students, particularly those targeted for free public pre-k in Texas, would have greater…
Descriptors: School Districts, Equal Education, Access to Education, Preschool Education
Thrash, Courtney; Yin, Ming; Baumgartner, Erin – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Greater utilization of certain Literacy by 3 classroom practices is associated with the increased likelihood of a campus exceeding district average growth in reading. Though the Literacy by 3 program has been in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) since the 2014-2015 school year, this study is the first to examine the relationship…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, School Districts, Classroom Techniques, Program Effectiveness
Gill, Patrick – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
This study identified student characteristics associated with school year mobility for more than 260,000 students in grades 4 through 8 who began the 2016-17 school year at a school in one of ten Houston area school districts. Of these students, 20,154, or just under 8%, changed schools at least once during the school year. Three characteristics…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Student Mobility, Individual Characteristics, Elementary School Students
Baumgartner, Erin; Holzman, Brian; Sánchez, Luis – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Student immigrant generation can be estimated using an alternative method when data to calculate a traditional indicator are not available. An alternative method to determine immigrant generation may be helpful to school districts as they support and plan services for immigrant students and their families. Traditionally, child and parent…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Student Characteristics, Measurement Techniques, Computation
Cashiola, Lizzy; Potter, Daniel – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
The number of English learners (ELs) who do not reclassify as English proficient in the first five years of schooling has increased across the state of Texas. ELs are a diverse population of students with varying levels of English proficiency. Many students who begin school as an EL reclassify as English proficient in a timely manner and go on to…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, Student Diversity, At Risk Students
Baumgartner, Erin; Thrash, Courtney – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Wide variation exists with respect to how Literacy by 3 is implemented. Though the Literacy by 3 program has been in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) since the 2014-2015 school year, there remains wide variation with respect to which aspects of Literacy by 3 are implemented in classrooms and to what extent the practices are utilized.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Literacy Education, Classroom Techniques, Models
Joseph, Jake P.; Shedore, Serena A.; Cashiola, Lizzy – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
In spring 2020, as U.S. schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and moved to distance learning, school districts were left scrambling to prepare. Few resources were available to support U.S. public school districts in handling distance learning during a pandemic, or any other event that could cause a sudden transition to long-term remote…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Districts, School Closing
Potter, Daniel; Alvear, Sandra; Bao, Katharine; Kennedy, Camila; Min, Jie – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
In a series of research briefs, the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) examines and describes the amount of student mobility in Texas, with particular focus on Houston area public schools. This fourth research brief provides an overview of patterns of student mobility differed by race, socioeconomic status, and English learner status.…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Elementary Secondary Education
Potter, Daniel; Bao, Katharine; Kennedy, Camila Cigarroa – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Every year, thousands of students leave traditional, Houston-area public schools for private schools, homeschools, or non-district charter schools. Some of these students eventually return to the public school setting. To investigate this phenomenon of "returners," the researchers followed two types of leavers in a cohort of Houston-area…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Public Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools
Potter, Daniel; Thrash, Courtney – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic fundamentally altered education and schooling in the Houston area. To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on Houston area families and communities, the Houston Education Research Consortium collaborated with Connective (previously, Harvey Home Connect) to launch the Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Educational Technology
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
Holzman, Brian; Lewis, Bethany – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2020
This policy brief describes the Texas high school graduation requirements put into effect through the passage of House Bill 5 in 2013. The brief also contends the introduction of academic endorsements, similar to college majors and intended to help high school students develop subject-area knowledge, may create clearer paths to selective college…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Legislation, High School Students, Graduation Requirements
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