|Hispanic Student Progress, Dallas ISD, 2007-2011|
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(A note about data accuracy: Anyone who has read my blogs knows I am very critical of the TEA graduation rate calculations, the same calculations used in these statistics showing student progress. While I continue to be critical, the formulas I use in the calculations I trust show the same progress that the TEA data shows. Thus I am certain the progress is happening as reported. No matter how you calculate graduation rate, we are going forward by almost identical percentages! That is what counts! This is not the place to continue the accuracy debate. The progress is real!)
Dallas has much to be proud of, especially among the 54% of our 106,000 Hispanic students who are classified as LEP. In 2007 the LEP completion rate for Dallas ISD was 8 percentage points below the state of Texas. By 2011 this rate was 4.5 percentage points ABOVE the state of Texas! This demonstrates the power of a hiring focus on bi-lingual staff, and many other factors, that have helped this success happen in Dallas.