Community Impact Report Card
Bexar County's 15 ISDs and Public Higher Education Institutions, April 2015
Who We Are
Ensure that every child dramatically improves his/her educational success in school, college, and career within Bexar County.
Convene and facilitate education enhancing efforts to inspire and prepare our communities’ families and students for success.
The P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County (P16Plus) was founded in 2008 during which time it appointed its first chairman and hired staff. In 2009, P16Plus called its first community leaders meeting where 24 CEO’s of corporations, superintendents, college and university presidents and other city leaders convened to discuss undertaking a cradle to career vision. In 2011, P16Plus adopted a collective impact framework, and received StriveTogether recognition for its work using data. That same year, P16Plus launched its website, www.P16Plus.org, as a tool to share data and resources with the community. In early 2012, P16Plus was tapped as the lead education partner for SA2020. Since that time, P16Plus has launched and maintained support councils and action networks to collectively reach educational goals from cradle to career. These councils include: The Birth to 3rd Grade Support Council, 4th Grade to High School Support Council, and the Data Support Council. These groups work collaboratively to align community resources and goals so that each child in Bexar County can achieve academic success. The support councils and networks have launched numerous initiatives to tackle issues on kindergarten readiness, numeracy, literacy, high school graduation, post-secondary attainment, teacher quality, parent engagement, and much more.
How We Work
P16Plus is a nationally recognized StriveTogether organization which uses the collective impact framework to promote its mission of ensuring that every child dramatically improves his/her educational success in school, college, and career within Bexar County. As a collective impact organization, P16Plus serves as the backbone organization to a cross-sector partnership with over 100 member organizations. As the backbone, P16Plus provides data analysis, project management, and communications support to multiple initiatives all designed to improve education outcomes in the community. The role of P16Plus is to provide stability to the partnership so it can continue to thrive over the long term in order to accomplish measurable goals and align to community-wide goals.
Four Pillars of Collective Impact
Shared Community Vision: A broad set of cross-sector community partners have come together to develop a shared vision that is utilized to hold the partnership accountable.
Evidence-Based Decision Making: P16Plus and the partners utilize professional expertise and data to make decisions on how to prioritize community efforts.
Collaborative Action: The partnership is stronger than any single partner can be alone. With collaborative action, P16Plus uses a network of partners to identify, adopt, and scale practices that improve student outcomes.
Investment and Sustainability: By developing a cross-sector partnership, P16Plus is building broad community ownership for education in Bexar County.
StriveTogether Sustaining Member
P16Plus is a “Sustaining Member” of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, which is comprised of 53 member organizations across the country devoted to improving child educational success through cross-sector partnerships. P16Plus’ status as a Sustaining Member has been given to only thirteen other organizations. The designation is based on a third party review of P16Plus progress in the four pillars of collective impact: shared community vision, evidence-based decision making, collaborative action, and investment and sustainability.
Programs and Activities
P16Plus operates with a cradle to career vision (see cradle to career milestones below). Through the implementation and support of initiatives, P16Plus serves students from the time they are born through the time they start their careers. Through the development of community partnerships, we have worked to identify and solve root causes inhibiting academic success for all students in Bexar County. P16Plus works with several councils comprised of dozens of community stakeholders and is able to align resources to achieve collective success. Many P16Plus current initiatives are included in this report.
How many students are enrolled in each of Bexar County's 15 independent school districts (ISDs)?
At what rate are young San Antonio students developmentally ready for Kindergarten?
P16Plus has partnered with United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County to use a shared community measure for Kindergarten Readiness, the EDI. The EDI is a population measure of how young children are developing in communities in the United States. The EDI is helpful not only in describing how children are developing, but also in predicting health, education, and social outcomes. For the 2013-2014 school year, 17,838 valid assessments were collected in 6 school districts and 204 schools. The "On Track" measure shown below indicates the percent of San Antonio students scoring in the 25th national percentile. The EDI measures five areas, or domains, of early childhood development:
- Physical Health and Well-being: Physical readiness for school work, physical independence, gross and fine motor skills
- Social Competence: Overall social skills with peers, respect and responsibility, independence and adjustment, readiness to explore new things
- Emotional Maturity: Pro-social and helping behavior, anxious and fearful behavior, aggressive behavior, hyperactive and inattentive behavior
- Language and Cognitive Development: Basic literacy, interest and memory, complex literacy skills, basic literacy and numeracy
- Communication Skills and General Knowledge: Storytelling ability, communication with adults and children
*Note: From 2012 to 2014, the number of districts utilizing the EDI increased from 3 to 6 and the number of valid student assessments grew from 3,518 to 17,838. Differences in the socioeconomic profiles of the school districts utilizing the assessment can greatly impact results, making it difficult to compare data between years. In previous years, P16Plus used the “Very Ready” indicator to measure students’ readiness for Kindergarten. Following the example set by UCLA, which has changed the way they report the data from percent of students "Very Ready" to percent of students "On Track", going forward, P16Plus will use the more inclusive "On Track" measure. The rationale for the change was to use an indicator that communicates how more of San Antonio's Kindergarten students are performing.
INDICATOR: KINDERGARTEN READINESS
The Present Landscape: Kindergarten Readiness
In 2014, 51.9% of Kindergarten students assessed in Bexar County were on track, meaning they are in the 25th percentile or above compared to all children assessed nationally.
P16Plus Initiative: ReadyRosie
A ReadyRosie is a digital parent engagement tool that sends 1-2-minute videos to registered users via email and can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device. The literacy- and numeracy-based content, available in English and Spanish, gives families, caregivers, and educators access to resources they need to help children prepare for Kindergarten. The fun videos focus on the skills needed to help children learn to read and write.
A collaborative effort organized by the P16Plus Birth to Third Grade Network provides 20,000 families access to to improve the literacy and numeracy rates for early learners in target service areas in Bexar County.
Eighty-six percent of Spanish speaking families and eighty percent of English speaking families report that ReadyRosie helps them take advantage of educational opportunities in many environments, such as the grocery store and waiting room.
To bring ReadyRosie to San Antonio, P16Plus Birth to Third Network partnered with these local organizations:
Note: Northside Independent School District (NISD) joined the initiative for the 2014-2015 school year.
The resource rolled out to select families in early September 2014 and was offered to families and caregivers at no cost. In order to keep costs low for each partner, the group negotiated collectively to sponsor 20,000 families in the county at a reduced price. Of the 40 communities using Ready Rosie, San Antonio now has the largest number of users. Eighty six percent of Spanish speaking families and 80% of English speaking families report that ReadyRosie helps them take advantage of educational opportunities in many environments, such as the grocery store and waiting room.
Today, nearly 9,500 San Antonio parents of 0 to 5 year-old students are receiving daily videos, helping them fill the lives of these little ones with language, learning, and meaningful interactions that will make them better prepared for Kindergarten.
Understanding State Test Scores
Texas students are required to take a series of standardized state tests called the State Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
Because of changes to STAAR from year to year, it is important to understand that not all differences in test scores from year to year should be attributed to differences in student performance. For example, the way the test is administered, the standards for passing, the curriculum being tested, and even the groups of students included or excluded from the measure may change from year to year. When reporting on state test scores, P16Plus has included Texas comparison groups to show how Bexar County ISDs compare to the state under the same testing conditions.
See Indicator Definitions and Sources for full definitions and sources for STAAR indicators.
Third Grade Reading
What is the rate at which third grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged third grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
San Antonio is Our Classroom
INDICATOR: THIRD GRADE READING
The Present Landscape: Third Grade Reading
The percentage of Bexar County third grade students who passed the state reading test has held steady relative to the state over the last three years, although we've seen a decline for economically disadvantaged students (those qualifying for free or reduced price lunch). Sixty five percent (65%), down from 69%, of economically disadvantaged third grade students passed the state reading test for the 2013-2014 school year. P16Plus and its partners are working to improve these indicators for economically disadvantaged students through the San Antonio is Our Classroom initiative.
Initiative: San Antonio is Our Classroom
Extracurricular enrichment opportunities can greatly impact a student's academic achievement in many subjects, including reading. Through it's Birth through Third Grade Network, P16Plus facilitates trips for young students and their families to visit places that offer learning opportunities outside the classroom. The program, known as San Antonio is Our Classroom, creates a connection for economically disadvantaged families to become aware of, access, and experience places like the San Antonio Children's Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the San Antonio Mission Library. The goal of San Antonio is Our Classroom events is to encourage families who have never been to some of these locations to return, and help them feel comfortable returning. All of the museums visited through the program offer a free day so that families can return independently.
Since 2012, San Antonio is Our Classroom has demonstrated that it is possible to turn elements of our entire city into easily accessible learning platforms, helping parents turn everyday routines and experiences into learning opportunities. San Antonio is Our Classroom helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers play much greater roles in children’s learning by sparking their imagination and in identifying and highlighting learning moments in every child’s daily routines. These events give rise to opportunities to discuss colors, shapes, words, flavors, ingredients, and a wide variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) insights.
Third Grade Math
What is the rate at which third grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged third grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
Fifth Grade Reading
What is the rate at which fifth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged fifth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
Fifth Grade Math
What is the rate at which fifth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged fifth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
SA Kids Attend to Win
The Present Landscape: Fifth Grade Reading and Math
For the first time in 3 years, the percent of Bexar County fifth grade students passing the state reading tests fell below the state average by one percent. For the most recent school year (2013-2014), 75% of Bexar County fifth grade students passed the reading exam. State-wide, 76% passed the reading exam. In math, Bexar County fifth grade students are performing at the same level as the state, with 79% passing the exam.
Initiative: SA Kids Attend to Win
To improve academic performance, P16Plus targets chronic absenteeism through the SA Kids Attend to Win initiative. Chronic absenteeism (missing 10% or more days of school) increases when students transition between elementary and middle school and between middle and high school. Students who have higher attendance have been shown to do better in school. In fact, poor attendance in 6th grade is one of several indicators that can be used to predict 60% of high school dropouts.
To reduce chronic absenteeism, P16Plus engages in over 40 campuses to target interventions towards students missing 10% or more days of school. In the third year of the program (2014-2015 school year), the SA Kids Attend to Win initiative is supported by the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation and the City of San Antonio to provide attendance incentives and organize attendance committees on each campus.
Mid-year results for the 2014-2015 school year have exceeded all expectations with over 70% of chronically absent students improving their attendance. So far this year, almost 4,000 students have received interventions from their schools and non-profits providing direct services. Harlandale Independent School District (HISD) and San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) are participating in the measurement of chronically absent students, and their outstanding efforts to provide interventions are paying off with improved student attendance.
Eighth Grade Reading
What is the rate at which eighth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged eighth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state reading test?
Eighth Grade Math
What is the rate at which eighth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
What is the rate at which economically disadvantaged eighth grade students score at an advanced or passing level on the state math test?
The STEM Pipeline
The Present Landscape: Eighth Grade Reading and Math
While eighth grade reading scores stayed flat in 2013-2014, the percent of eight grade students passing the math exam increased by seven percent. However, there still exists a gap between the statewide rate and Bexar County in performance on the 8th grade math exam. We are working hard to close the gap between Bexar County students (77%) and Texas students overall (79%) in math passing rates.
Initiative: The STEM Pipeline at Harlandale Middle Schools
P16Plus joined HISD and Communities In Schools San Antonio as Tesoro Corporation presented $200,000 to fund the pilot model of the San Antonio STEM Pipeline Project across four middle schools at HISD.
This program, known as the STEM Pipeline initiative, uses a project-based Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum called Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to give students hands on experience with robotics, modeling, and design projects. The project-based curriculum also gives students the opportunity to draft professional proposals for their projects, incorporating English and communication skills, as they present their 21st century ideas and results to their peers and teachers. This project-based learning technique improves critical thinking skills and creates a student that is not just driven, not just imaginative and creative, but also well-prepared.
High School Indicators
What is the four-year graduation rate from high school?
What is the four-year graduation rate from high school for economically disadvantaged students?
At what rate do students take college entrance exams in preparation for college?
At what rate are those who take college entrance exams ready for college?
INDICATOR: HIGH SCHOOL INDICATORS
The Present Landscape: High School Graduation
Over the past few years, the four year on time graduation rate for all students with no exclusions in Bexar County has largely remained the same at 88%. However, graduation requirements are now changing due to the implementation of HB5. Currently in its first full year of implementation, HB5 is the formal legislation passed by Congress in the state of Texas that alters graduation requirements and creates pathways in order to create alignment with higher education and workforce needs. These pathways are selected in the eighth grade, making it vital that families and students have the information they need to navigate the new graduation requirements.
Initiative: Communicating the New Graduation Plan
P16Plus has joined with Education Service Center-20 in order to create a clear understanding of what the new graduation requirements entail, and how teachers, counselors, and parents can all be informed and work together to ensure their students are prepared for graduation, as well as for life after high school.
This program utilizes workshops, seminars, and professional developments in order to establish a framework of consistent messaging and communication in regards to this legislation. P16Plus has teamed up with various school districts, community based organizations, and parent/teacher organizations to present this information in an engaging and interactive way.
HB5 informational posters created by P16Plus and distributed to Bexar County Middle School campuses.
INDICATOR: HIGH SCHOOL INDICATORS
The Present Landscape: SAT/ACT Participation and Readiness
In Bexar County, more students are taking the SAT/ACT college assessment tests. Unfortunately, only 21% of students in the 15 independent school districts that took the tests in 2013 met college readiness criteria (1100 on math and reading sections of SAT out of 1600 possible, 24 on ACT). This compares to 25% of students in Texas. Nationally, 42.6% of SAT takers in the class of 2014 met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark of 1550 on all three sections (2400 possible).
Initiative: Increasing SAT/ACT Participation
The college assessments test scores are utilized by colleges and universities as criteria for college acceptance, scholarships, and a predictive set of measures of academic success for students overall. Preparation for the SAT/ACT tests is what P16Plus and education partners are emphasizing with students and parents. Taking more rigorous classes, including Advanced Placement and Dual Credit will prepare students during high school resulting in better outcomes.
A strategy adopted by many school districts to increase participation is offering testing during the school day versus on the weekends. For instance, HISD has doubled their SAT/ACT participation rates to 98% from 50% the previous year, using this strategy. School districts are also paying the testing fees which historically have created barriers for low-income students. Additionally, cafécollege offers testing with fee waivers from school districts from October through June of each year with easy website registration available. P16Plus works to make sure students and parents are aware of these resources through its communication platforms and through its work with the San Antonio Youth Commission and Gen TX San Antonio.
Post Secondary Indicators
At what rate do Bexar County ISD graduates enroll in a Texas public two- or four-year college in their first year after graduation?
At what rate do those who enroll in Texas public two- or four-year colleges complete their first year without being required to take developmental classes based on their college readiness test scores?
Note: The Class of 2012 data refers to high school graduates of 15 Bexar County ISDs who enrolled in their first year of college during the 2012-2013 school year. Colleges have moved to using TSI, rather than institutional exams to require students to take developmental courses. In addition, a temporary transitional provision of TSI allows students to meet the standard for exemption from developmental education requirements based on their state end of course test scores, rather than the TSI exam.
At what rate do those who enroll at University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) complete their first year?
Note: The 2012 data refers to students who enrolled in TX higher education institutions the fall following their high school graduation in 2012, and were enrolled in the same TX higher education institution in the Fall of 2013.
At what rate do those who enroll at Alamo Colleges complete their first year?
Note: Figures for Alamo Colleges include Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Phillips College, and San Antonio College. Data on Northeast Lakeview College not available through the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
At what rate do those who enroll at UTSA graduate with a 4-year degree within 6 years? At what rate do they transfer to another institution before graduation?
Note: The 2012 data refers to students who enrolled in TX higher education institutions for the first time following their high school graduation in the Fall of 2006.
At what rate do those who enroll at Alamo Colleges graduate with a 2-year degree within 3 years? At what rate do they transfer to another institution before graduation?
Note: The 2012 data refers to students who enrolled in TX higher education institutions for the first time following their high school graduation in the Fall of 2009.
INDICATOR: POST SECONDARY INDICATORS
The Present Landscape: Enrollment in Higher Education
In Bexar County ISDs the enrollment rate into higher education for our high school graduates has steadily, albeit slightly, declined since 2011, presently at 48%. While the state average has also declined, Bexar County is still 3% below the 51% of high school graduates enrolling in higher education across Texas.
Initiative: Destination College
P16Plus and over twenty community partners collaborate to present Destination College, a city-wide rally for higher education. Designed to create pathways to college, Destination College is based on the belief in every student’s potential to reach their college dreams.
Destination College presents five public events and four in-school events, each aimed at various sectors of our community. Everyone is invited to celebrate San Antonio students by participating in a week-long series of themed days such as “College T-Shirt Day.”
Moreover, Destination College offers opportunities for face-to-face interactions with business leaders, school representatives, and fellow students. Students learn how to set college goals and reach them.
In 2014, the organizers set a goal to serve 2,000 students, parents, teachers, and educational professionals. Ultimately, Destination College 2014 served more than 2,900 people. First Lady Michelle Obama launched her Reach Higher Campaign during the 2014 College Signing Day event, bringing national attention to efforts in San Antonio to make our community college-bound.
- In 2015, Destination College celebrates 5 years of college-bound success through community partnership.
- Students served include representatives from 15 area school districts in grades K-12.
- Based on 2014 student surveys, 51% of middle school students in attendance were first generation college students.
- Ninety-three percent of students who attended College Signing Day in 2014 completed financial aid forms.
- The 2015 events are sponsored by the City of San Antonio, supported by all local colleges and universities, and supported by the business community through a partnership with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
INDICATOR: POST SECONDARY INDICATORS
The Present Landscape: Graduates Enrolling in College Without the Need for Developmental Education
Bexar County has seen an increase in the percentage of students who did not require remediation in Texas public colleges and universities for the class of 2012. At 63% in 2012, Bexar County saw a tightening of the gap between the percentages of the county and the state. In 2011, Bexar County had 49% of students who did not require developmental education and the state had 66%, while in 2012, the percentages were 63% and 69%, respectively. Completing advanced or dual enrollment courses can prepare students for college-level work, reducing the need for remediation in the first year of college.
Initiative: Tracking Dual Enrollment
As part of a partnership with the Diplomás project, a Latino student success initiative, P16Plus tracks levels of dual enrollment completion for Latinos in four participating ISDs. Dual enrollment gives students access to college level courses and credit in high school. These courses are stepping stones from high school to college, serving as a path to academic degree programs or college-level workforce education courses. Studies show that dual enrollment increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, enroll in, and persist in college. Dual enrollment courses provide the positive outcome of decreasing the cost of tuition and fees for students by accelerating the time required to obtain a degree. A high school student bringing twelve dual enrollment credit hours to Alamo Colleges could save over $5,000 based on the estimated cost of attendance for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, new graduates enter the workforce sooner and begin to earn wages, benefiting themselves and the economy. At 32%, Bexar County ISDs have seen a one percent growth in students who completed at least one dual enrollment course for grade levels 9 through 12, exceeding state levels (31% in the 2012-2013 school year).
Dual Credit Enrollment for Texas, Fall 2006-2013
The growth pattern for Bexar County ISDs may be caused in part by the increase of advanced course/ dual enrollment completion exhibited by the three largest ISDs, Northside, Northeast, and San Antonio ISD, all of which have increased.
Success at South San Antonio ISD: Smaller school districts are also embracing advanced courses and dual enrollment. South San Antonio ISD saw the largest increase in advanced course/ dual enrollment completion. The district jumped from 13% to 27% in the 2012-2013 school year by expanding AP offerings, encouraging students to consider dual enrollment options, and offering dual enrollment courses at the sophomore level. The district administered the TSI college readiness assessment to the top 100 freshmen students to prepare them to take two new sophomore dual enrollment course offerings, Psychology in the fall and Speech in the spring. The district is currently being considered for an early college high school endorsement which allows high school students to earn an associate's degree before graduating high school.
Source: 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR)
Condensed Report Card
THIRD GRADE READING
THIRD GRADE MATH
FIFTH GRADE READING
5TH GRADE MATH
EIGHTH GRADE READING
EIGHTH GRADE MATH
HIGH SCHOOL INDICATORS
P16Plus Board and Councils
- Board of Directors
- P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County Staff
- Birth to 3rd Grade Support Council
- 4th Grade to High School Support Council
- Higher Education and Workforce Support Council
- Data Support Council
Indicator Definitions and Sources
Full Links to Sources Above
Texas Education Agency – Student Assessment
Texas Education Agency - Texas Academic Performance Report(TAPR) Data Download
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
Economic Disadvantage Definitions
STAAR Definitions and Calculations
Texas Academic Performance Report Glossary
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System Glossary