SAN ANTONIO

Citywide Education Progress Report

Key Takeaways: Student and School Outcomes

Although San Antonio’s graduation rates are on par with the state’s, there has been no improvement in math proficiency rates, and the city has fallen behind the state in reading proficiency rates. Students are disproportionately enrolled in advanced high school coursework; white students are slightly overenrolled while Hispanic students are slightly underenrolled.

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Is the education system continuously improving?

► In 2014-15, the city’s graduation rate was on par with the state’s.

Data: Percent of first-time 9th grade students graduating in four years, citywide and statewide.
Source: EDFacts Initiative, U.S. Department of Education, Assessment and Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates Data, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


► Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the city’s math proficiency rate trends mirrored the state’s. In 2014-15 the city’s proficiency rate was 5 percentage points below the state’s.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Texas Education Agency, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


► Between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the proficiency rate gap widened between the city and state in reading. In 2015, the city’s proficiency rate was 4 percentage points below the state.

Data: The city’s estimated gains in proficiency rates across elementary and middle schools, standardized at the state level and controlling for student demographics.
Source: Texas Education Agency, 2011-12 to 2014-15.


Do students have access to a high-quality education?

► The Education Equality Index (EEI) identifies how students from low-income families are performing in cities and schools across the country. See this interactive tool to explore individual school performance.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Texas Education Agency, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.

► Students from low-income families in the city are performing somewhat better in math and reading than low-income students in the average city. EEI scores in the city have stayed the same over time.

Data: The Education Equality Index (EEI) was supplied by Education Cities and GreatSchools. See their site for more detail.
Sources: Texas Education Agency, 2010-11 to 2014-15; National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2010-11 to 2014-15.

► In 2013-14, white students were enrolling in advanced math coursework in high school at rates slightly above their enrollment, while Hispanic students have disproportionately low enrollment.

Data: Enrollment of students in math courses above Algebra II. Rates calculated by dividing the number of students enrolled in advanced math by the number of students in the school. Sub-group rates determined at the school level.
Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection 2013-14.


Data & Scoring

Where did we get this data?

► Publicly available state and federal data, making our results comparable and reproducible.

► The most up-to-date data available for all 18 cities at the time of our data collection. See Methodology & Resources for more information.

What makes the data citywide?

► We include all charter and district schools within the municipal boundary of a city.

► In Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio we use school data from multiple districts within the municipal boundary.

Background

About San Antonio

The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) is the most central and third largest of 17 districts in San Antonio. Under Texas SB 1842, in 2016 SAISD elected to become a District of Innovation.  As part of this effort, the district has developed an Innovation Zone and is developing partnerships with charter operators and nonprofits. The district has also improved transportation, enrollment, information to facilitate the choice process for families. The charter sector is partially coordinated with the district. A local nonprofit works with the largest charter management operators in the city. 

School Choice in the City

Most SAISD schools are part of a designated feeder pattern, but there are a growing number of open enrollment schools and nearly every campus accepts out-of-zone/district students. Most charter schools have an open enrollment policy, allowing students from any district to apply. The two largest San Antonio area ISDs (Northside ISD and North East ISD) allow for choice within the district, but not across districts.

Governance Model

All 17 districts in San Antonio are governed by a school board. SAISD authorizes charter schools within district boundaries, and the Texas Education Agency authorizes charter schools outside SAISD boundaries.

2015 District and Charter Student Body

Enrollment: 325,569 students
Race and ethnicity: 74% Hispanic, 15% white, 7% black, 4% other
Low-income: 65% free and reduced-price lunch

2017 School Composition 

Source: Enrollment data from EDFacts, 2014-15.
School data from researcher analysis of public records, 2016-17.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.