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    2019 Gold Ribbon Schools Announced!

    July 18, 2024
    CHILDREN AT RISK celebrates schools that rise beyond expectations and excel academically. Gold Ribbon Schools are high-poverty, high-performing schools. For many years, Gold Ribbon Schools have been nonexistent or rare. However, poverty is not an excuse for low-performing schools; the rise in Gold Ribbon Schools across the state is proof. The proportion of eligible schools achieving Gold Ribbon distinction has increased in recent years, but Texas still has a long way to go to ensure all students receive a quality education.

    Which Texas Schools Rank Best?

    July 18, 2024
    Every year, CHILDREN AT RISK  ranks and grades Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members understand how schools in their community are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas. Schools are assigned ranks and grades based on student achievement on standardized tests, student growth year-to-year, and how well schools support economically disadvantaged students. Find out how your schools ranked in 2019!

    2018-19 Parent Action Guides Now Available!

    October 31, 2018
    Having trouble navigating your child’s school system? Unsure of your child’s education options? Looking to make sure your child is getting the services they need to succeed? Our 2018 regional Parent Action Guides aim to help parents answer these questions and more.

    Ready for the New School Year?

    August 20, 2018
    It is Back to School Season! Is your child ready for the next grade? Find school readiness checks, back to school tips, and the latest school trends at our sister site Smartparents.org!

    2018 Greater Austin School Rankings Analysis

    May 21, 2018
    Click here for our in-depth analysis of Austin area school performance trends and how Austin schools compare to the state and other regions.

    School Relationships & Student Success

    February 23, 2018
    Valentine’s Day may be over, but your child’s relationships deserve attention year-round. How healthy relationships with teachers, peers, and parents impact academic success.

    How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

    February 18, 2018
    For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?

    Make Your Voice Heard: Texas Education Public Input Survey

    February 13, 2018
    Want to have a say in the direction of Texas Public Education? Now is your chance!  Take the Texas Public Input Survey before March 2nd.

    Apply Houston Makes Applying to Multiple Schools Easy

    November 28, 2017
    Attention Houston: The new common application for charter schools, ApplyHouston.org, is officially open. Learn more here!

    Are Extracurriculars Extra-Important?

    September 1, 2017
    Engaging a child in programs and activities outside the classroom can be taxing on their parents time and energy. Is it worth all the effort? Keep reading to find out why getting your child involved is worth the "extra" effort.

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