PK-12 Education

Only 1/3 of Economically Disadvantaged 3rd Graders are Reading On Grade-Level In Texas

One in ten children in the U.S. is born in Texas. Providing 10% of our country’s population with a quality education is critically important to the future of our local, state, and national economies. CHILDREN AT RISK conducts research to understand trends, inequities, resources, and opportunities in public education. We use that research to advocate for policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.

NEW 2019 School Rankings

Every year, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R)  ranks and grades Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members understand how schools in their community are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas. Schools are assigned ranks and grades based on student achievement on standardized tests, student growth year-to-year, and how well schools support economically disadvantaged students. High Schools are also evaluated on how well they prepare students for college and career.

Our Latest Pk-12 EDUCATION Research & Resources

Learning from Experience: Advice for PK-12 Schools from Summer 2020

COVID-19 has placed unprecedented strain on our education system with early closures and emergency shifts online leading to learning losses and inequities. We know how important it is for children to return to school in-person this fall, but will it be safe? Drawing on their experiences operating summer programs, child care centers, and other family services throughout the Coronavirus pandemic,...

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Educational Equity in the Digital Classroom: It is all about access

Forced adaptation is a concept in biology that describes the modification of an organism’s properties by imposing drastic changes to its environment. This may be done purposefully, to bring out characteristics deemed beneficial, such as improving the drought-resistance of a plant, but it can also result from extreme, sudden and lasting environmental changes. Only the most adaptable survive. Our...

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2019 State of Public Education

For the past thirteen years, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) has assigned A-F grades and ranked Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members better understand how their local schools are performing. C@R has used this annual “dive into the data” to spark conversations about the quality of our public schools and push the state to adopt more transparent and rigorous standards.

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Building Gold Ribbon Schools

To understand school quality, each year CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) ranks and grades schools across Texas. C@R celebrates schools that rise beyond expectations and excel academically. Gold Ribbon Schools are an example of these campuses that outperform their peers. More than 75% of a Gold Ribbon School campus’ students are low-income and they receive an A or a B in C@R’s annual school rankings. For...

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Fort Bend Community Resource Guide

CHILDREN AT RISK, in partnership with Fort Bend ISD’s Collaborative Communities, have released the 2019 Community Resource Guide.  With versions in Spanish and English for schools counselors and nurses and parents alike, the guide lists the many non-profits in Fort Bend that offer support and services to Fort Bend families. Children can’t learn in school if their basic needs, such as hunger or...

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2018-19 Parent Action Guides

Having trouble navigating your child’s school system? Unsure of your child’s education options? Looking to make sure your child is getting the services they need to succeed? Our 2018 regional Parent Action Guides aim to help parents answer these questions and more. Each year, CHILDREN AT RISK collects data, parenting tips, and education advice to share with local parents and community members....

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The Status of School Recess in Texas School Districts

For students, recess serves as a break in the day for brains to relax and bodies to recharge. Students with recess are happier, healthier, and more focused. This time, often short, brings joy to many school children and teachers alike, yet its presence in a daily school schedule is not guaranteed. Currently, there is no mandate in Texas around school recess, but rather, the minutes for recess...

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Human Trafficking Near Texas Public Schools

By David McClendon & Jamey Caruthers, CHILDREN AT RISK Across the state of Texas, there are hundreds of illegal massage businesses (IMBs) acting as fronts for human trafficking and sexual exploitation. These illicit businesses are found in nearly all major Texas cities, often near some of the wealthiest neighborhoods. Many can even be found within walking distance of public schools. In fact,...

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Hurricane Harvey keeps 1.4 million students out of public schools for at least a week

By David McClendon, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation Last Monday was the first day of the new school year for public school students across Texas. But for many children up and down the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey has delayed the start of school – for some, indefinitely. According to analysis by CHILDREN AT RISK of publicly available data on school closings and student enrollment, as...

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Pre-K in Texas: A Critical Component for Academic Success

With funding from the Meadows Foundation, researchers at CHILDREN AT RISK engaged in a study to examine how participation in Texas public Pre-K is associated with performance on the 3rd Grade STAAR Reading assessment. CHILDREN AT RISK tracked approximately 47,000 students from the 2010-2011 school year to the 2014-2015 school year. These students began public Pre-K in 2010 and completed 3rd...

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