The recently released State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) data from the Texas Education Agency indicates noteworthy improvement for Dallas County students. The 4th Grade Math indicator, which contributes to showing if Dallas County students are on a postsecondary pace, is the largest gain from 2016 to 2017, raising seven percentage points. Since 2012, all indicators have increased considerably (3rd Grade Reading up five percentage points, 4th Grade Math up 14 percentage points, 8th Grade Science up 11 percentage points, and Algebra 1 up 11 percentage points). Overall, 24,000 more Dallas County students are meeting The Partnership’s four STAAR benchmarks today than in 2012. Since 2016, 8,900 more Dallas County students are meeting indicators that show they are on a postsecondary pace (1,241 more students meeting 3rd Grade Reading, 3,957 more students meeting 4th Grade Math, 1,068 more students meeting 8th Grade Science, and 2,590 more students meeting Algebra 1). While STAAR results cannot be the sole predictor for student success, the significant improvement for Dallas County students is encouraging overall. With more students meeting key academic benchmarks this year, we are one step closer to the state’s 60x30 goal: By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree.
In an effort to increase transparency and access to public education data, the Commit! Partnership is excited to announce the launch of the Data Dashboard data.commit2dallas.org. This is a free resource for the general public, nonprofits, funders, and others to easily find, view, and use the data that matters to them. To start, we are launching district and campus pages which provide longitudinal and snapshot views of student demographics, student achievement, and staff composition for all public schools in Texas. Users will be able to download specific charts as image files, as well as download the raw data as Excel files. The dashboard is not meant to house real-time data or compare or rank schools or districts; rather it aggregates Texas Education Agency data released annually. We will continue to evolve this interactive website over time, with the next release likely including College Access and Success data among other features. In the meantime, we welcome your input to improve the usefulness of the resource. Please do send all questions and suggestions to email@example.com.
In collaboration with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), the Commit! Partnership launched its inaugural Data Cohort in March with the goal of equipping each participant to become leaders in data quality and data analysis within their organizations. Participants meet every two weeks, over 4 months, for a total of 8 sessions, representing 14 organizations.