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Texas Tribune produces public schools data for 2010

Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Texas Tribune has published its Public Schools Explorer, a compilation of data on Texas' public education based on information gathered in 2010. The database combines academic, enrollment and financial records of all of Texas' 1,300 districts and 8,500 schools, including charter schools and alternative campuses.

That year, the state of Texas had 4.8 million students attending its public schools. The largest ethnic group was Hispanic at 48.6 percent, with whites following at 33.3 percent. African Americans made up 14 percent of the public school student population.

Ninety-six point five percent of white students graduated, 90.4 percent of Hispanics, and 88.2 percent of African Americans.

The statewide 4-year dropout rate was 9.4 percent.

Across Texas, 21.2 percent of public school students took Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) tests and 24.6 percent completed advanced course and/or dual course enrollment.

The mean score for students who took the ACT test was 20.5, out of a possible maximum of 36. The mean score for the SAT was 985, out of a possible maximum of 1600.

The percent of students who graduated college-ready statewide was 47 percent in both English language arts and math.

As far as staffing goes, the highest percentage of teachers, 24.4 percent, had 11-20 years of experience. They spent an average of 7.6 years in a district. The average teacher salary for a beginning teacher was $41,165; teachers with 11-20 years of experience received an average salary of $50,153.

Texas teachers are predominately white females, 66.4 percent white and 77 percent female. Only 22.5 percent are Hispanic and less than 10 percent are African American.

Statewide, teachers make up half of the schools' staffs. Campus administration makes up 2.8 percent of staffing; central administration totals 1 percent.

Texas public schools spend an average of $6,455 per student per year in academic programs and that includes regular education, bilingual ed, career and technical ed, athletics, accelerated programs, gifted and talented, special ed and other programs.

Average spending per student for all functions, including instruction, plant operations and management, transportation, food services and more comes to $8,572.

Bandera ISD

Bandera ISD was rated as "recognized" by the state. Teachers have roughly the same experience as the state average and are paid about the same as the state average.

BISD spends $5,274 per student for academic programs, a little less than the state average. The district spent $9,037 per student annually for all functions, just slightly higher than the state average.

White students heavily outnumber any other ethnic group in BISD's classrooms with 73.2 percent enrollment. Hispanics total 25.6 percent. Less than one percent of Bandera's students are African American. Teachers in the BISD are overwhelmingly white, at 95.4 percent. Four point six percent are Hispanic.

There were 52.8 percent of BISD's students rated economically disadvantaged, 37.9 percent listed as at risk, and 4.1 percent limited English proficient. Statewide, 59 percent ranked ED, 47.2 at risk and 16.9 percent limited English.

BISD's dropout rate matched the statewide total at 9.4 percent.

Bandera students exceeded the statewide marks for advanced course study, with 33.8 percent taking AP/IB courses and 34.5 percent completing advanced course/ dual enrollment.

Those taking the ACT and SAT also exceeded the state average, scoring a mean of 22.7 for the ACT and 1020 for the SAT.

Sixty-four percent of graduating students were rated college-ready based on results from TAKS, SAT and ACT, far above the state average of 47 percent.

Medina ISD

In 2010, Medina ISD had 317 students enrolled and was rated "academically acceptable." Teachers have more experience than the state average and are paid less than the state average.

The district spends $6,877 per student for academic programs and $12,508 per student for all functions.

The ethnic makeup of MISD is 75.1 percent white and 22.4 percent Hispanic.

MISD had 52.4 percent of their students rated economically disadvantaged, 39.7 percent at risk and 2.8 percent limited English proficient.

Amazingly enough, the report says MISD had no students drop out, with a 100 percent completion rate in 2010.

Only 4.3 percent of Medina students take AP/IB tests and 13.4 percent complete advanced courses or dual enrollment.

The mean ACT score for Medina students was 18 out of 36; the mean SAT score was 905 out of 1600 maximum.

Fifty-five percent of graduating students met college-ready criteria on TAKS, SAT or ACT, above the state average.

One fourth of MISD's teachers have more than 20 years experience.

Beginning teachers are paid $29, 737 and teachers with 11-20 years of experience receive $44,133.

To access the database, go to www.texastribune.org/ and scroll down to Data App: The Texas Public Schools Explorer.