Addressing Low‑Performing Schools
A misconception persists that many Texas students are “trapped in failing schools.” The reality is only a handful of Texas campuses are chronic underperformers.
Texas Education Agency data show the overwhelming majority of campuses in Texas designated as low-performing are turned around through state and local remedies in fewer than three years. In 2014, only two campuses out of over 8,500 across the state were rated Improvement Required (IR) for five or more years. In 2015, only five had been rated IR for five consecutive years.
Even though chronically underperforming schools represent only a small percentage of all public schools, it is unacceptable for even one public school student to be enrolled in a chronically underperforming campus, and Raise Your Hand Texas supports continuous efforts to turn around struggling schools so all students have access to an excellent education.