Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Higher Ed, Lifelong Learning
In 2030, San Antonio invests in all students. We provide the best education in the nation and lifelong learning opportunities that cultivate critical thinkers and problem-solvers who proudly call San Antonio their home.
The sharp decrease in kindergarten readiness in 2020 can be attributed to a change in population assessed and the timing of the assessment moving from spring to fall. This trend shows a need to continue monitoring this indicator beyond 2020. When disaggregated by race and sex, there are marked disparities. For example, about 23.2% of White kindergarteners are assessed as “very ready” compared to 14.9% of African American or Black kindergarteners and 17.6% of Hispanic or Latino kindergarteners.
Third-grade reading has remained relatively flat since baselining STAAR reading performance in 2012. When disaggregated by race and sex, there are marked disparities. About 84% of White students, for example, are approaching Grade-Level STAAR Reading Performance, compared to 64.3% of African American or Black students and 68.5% of Hispanic students.
Bexar County’s high school graduation rate has continued to improve year-over-year, surpassing the 2020 goal in 2012. In 2019, the graduation rate was 14% higher than in 2010. When disaggregated by race and sex, the data shows that the high school graduation rate for White students is 92.5% compared to 88.6% for Hispanic students and 86.5% for African American or Black students.
“College readiness” among high school students improved 43% from 2015 to 2019. It is also well-off from the 2020 goal of 85% as, compared to graduation rate, it had further to go. COVID-19 may influence “readiness” assessments in the 2020-2021 school year.
Student enrollment in higher education institutions has remained relatively flat since 2010.
Professional certificate attainment declined 23% between 2010 and 2019.
College attainment has grown modestly over the last decade from 30.7% to 33.9%. When disaggregated by race, the data shows that half of White adults, age 25 and older, hold an Associate Degree or Higher, compared to about a quarter of Hispanic adults and about one-third of Black adults.
A November 2020 report from UTSA’s Urban Education Institute shows that one in five Bexar County students changes schools annually. The report details how school mobility has negative impacts on local high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and college degree completion.
A December 2020 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows a notable decline in college enrollment, particularly in two-year, public institutions, in fall 2020.
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In the 2030 Community Vision, shifts in indicators, based on community feedback, will include:
Tracking adult literacy.
Moving certificate attainment from economic development to education.