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Potter, Daniel; Bao, Katharine; Gill, Patrick; Sánchez-Soto, Gabriela; Kennedy, Camila Cigarroa; Stice, Kenneth; Alvear, Sandra; Min, Jie – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2022
Background and Purpose: Each school year, in the state of Texas, students unexpectedly change schools almost 450,000 times. In the Houston region alone, students change schools more than 60,000 times. These school changes are not random, tend to be geographically contained though not within school districts, and carry significant ramifications in…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Public Schools, Student Characteristics, Academic Achievement
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Baumgartner, Erin; Thrash, Courtney – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2022
Many students attend a pre-kindergarten (pre-K) program outside of their neighborhood school, but there is no evidence that making this choice is associated with subsequent student readiness for kindergarten. In the Houston Independent School District (HISD), pre-K is not zoned, which means families can request to enroll their children on any…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, School Districts, School Choice, School Readiness
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Cashiola, Lizzy; Cigarroa Kennedy, Camila; Ma, Hao; Nguyen, Dylan; Potter, Daniel – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2022
The number of English learners (ELs) who do not reclassify as English proficient after 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…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Language Proficiency, At Risk Students, Student Characteristics
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
Yin, Ming; Heard, Holly E.; Szabo, Julia; Ankoor, Nehemiah – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
In the fall of 2019, 3,117 15-year-old students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) participated in the Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES), part of an international effort led by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with Houston serving as the only U.S. site. This report provides a snapshot of…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Adolescents, Skill Development
Stroub, Kori; Gill, Patrick – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
Tens of thousands of students in the Houston area switched schools during the school year annually. In moving from one school to another, students often experienced disruptions to their education. This study examined what this mobility meant for students' performance on state accountability tests, high school grade retention, high school dropout,…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Academic Achievement, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education
Sanchez-Soto, Gabriela; Nguyen, Dylan; Potter, Daniel – Houston Education Research Consortium, 2021
A campus's mobility rate from one year was the best predictor of its mobility rate in the next year. This study used five years of data (school years 2012-13 through 2016-17) from across the Houston area to look at what predicted the amount of school year mobility taking place on a campus. Several predictors were considered, including the type of…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Public Schools, Predictor Variables, Student Characteristics
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