Achievement of the AVANCE Child Graduates in the Dallas ISD
Since the 2000-2001 school year the AVANCE-Dallas Chapter has been tracking the academic progress of its children graduates from the Parent-Child Education Program. The current AVANCE program services in Dallas began in 1996. To compile this information the Dallas Independent School District provides actual student data related to attendance, retention, standardized testing, and the Texas mandated tests.
In the 2004–2005 school year 384 AVANCE-Dallas child graduates were in grade levels ranging from pre-kindergarten to seventh grade. The results are as follows:
- Ninety-eight percent of students were promoted to the next grade after the 2004–2005 school year.
- These students maintained an average attendance rate of 99 percent, which was higher than state and district attendance rates.
- AVANCE-Dallas graduates in Kindergarten exhibited “developed” Spanish reading skills amongst those who took the Tejas LEE and exhibited “developed” English reading skills amongst those who took the TPRI.
- The Kindergarten ITBS and Logramos assessment results showed that on average these students outperformed 76–80 percent of their peers in math and reading.
- For the TAKS reading assessment, 88 percent of students in this sample met the passing standard—compared with 73 percent in the DISD and 83 percent in the state.
- For the TAKS math assessment, 82 percent of students in this sample met the passing standard—compared with 60 percent in the DISD and 71 percent in the state.
- When compared with Hispanic students in the state and the DISD, more AVANCE-Dallas graduates met the TAKS passing standard than their Hispanic peers.
The Tejas LEE (“El Inventario de Lectura en Español de Tejas”) is an assessment tool that measures a student’s reading and comprehension skills in Spanish.
The TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory) is an assessment tool that provides a comprehensive picture of a student’s reading and language arts development in English.
The ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) standardized test is given to students in kindergarten through the eighth grade, and it evaluates various areas of study, including English, math, social studies, and science.
Logramos is an assessment compatible with the ITBS, but is Spanish-based.