This is what happens when you issue a $670,000,000 EPISD bond that does NOTHING to address the QUALITY OF EDUCATION towards El Paso’s unique border students.
When the bond does nothing to support or financially compensate their educators.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) hands EPISD disturbing ratings on local schools within the district.
While these ratings are new and have been criticized (mainly by school districts who don’t like their grades) these grades give us a good picture of how EPISD rates compared to other school districts within Texas, in particular to local districts YISD and SISD.
Thanks to Brutus and his El Paso Speak blog for his research and bringing this out first. Much of the information in my post is drawn from his post.
I highly recommend getting to know his blog at https://elpasospeak.com
The TEA has provided letter grades in four domains:
Domain I–student achievement (STAAR test scores)
Domain II–student progress (compares each student’s STAAR scores from last year to this year)
Domain III–closing the gaps (achievement of economically disadvantaged students)
Domain IV–post secondary readiness
The letter grades given are A, B, C, D, and F with A’s being the best and F’s being the worst ratings.
I have looked at each EPISD high school and their 4 letter grades for the above Domains and have added them on a points system so that we can compare each schools’ numerical total.
A = 1
B = 2
C = 3
D = 4
F = 5
Keep in mind that the smaller the numerical total of the school, the better the grade/rating. The bigger the total, the more issues and problems the school has.
Here are the totals for EPISD schools:
11 El Paso High
Note that Coronado which received the $74,000,000 bond gift is in the top 2 for best EPISD grades while bond-neglected schools with the worst rankings are located in the NE, central and south side El Paso.
* Superintendent Juan Cabrera and EPISD Board President Dori Fenenbock’s children all go to Coronado High.
Here are YISD totals
11 Bel Air
8 Del Valle
Note: 4 YISD schools were better than EPISD’s best school.
Remaining 3 schools were as good as EPISD’s top 2
Here are SISD totals:
13 El Dorado
Note: With exception of Socorro High, the other 4 schools were ranked as good as EPISD’s Top 3
The following schools (inc. elementary, middle and high schools) had at least one F (failing grade)
Alta Vista Elementary
Andress High School
Austin High School
Bowie High School
Brown Middle School
Burges High School
Canyon Hills Middle School
Colin L Powell Elementary
College Career Technology Academy
Guillen Middle School
H.R. Moye Elementary
Henderson Middle School
Irvin High School
Jefferson High School
Americas High School
Desert Wind Elementary
El Dorado High School
Montwood High School
Socorro High School
Thanks Juan Cabrera, Dori Fenenbock and Susie Byrd for having EPISD’s priorities straight.
Let us know when you plan to put bond dollars where they are most needed — the quality of our children’s education and the teachers who educate them.