The "Scorecard" first appeared in the 2009 Community Status Report to utilize specific measures for the Education Matters goals of school readiness, high school graduation, and college and career success. This report looks at the progress, or lack of progress, since that time.
There are underlying issues that affect the desired outcomes for Education Matters. It is difficult to perform well in school if children are hungry, homeless or being abused or neglected. Adults who do not have adequate education or skills, those who are dealing with mental illness, domestic violence and other barriers, have a difficult time getting and holding a job.
Larger issues and situations also have an impact on the statistics that are included in the report, such as public policy, demographic and economic changes, technology and healthcare. Each report contains some information that looks at causality behind the data, along with strategies, programs and policies that can address poor outcomes. Past reports and highlights are listed at the end of the report.
Note that the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) replaced Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) beginning in Spring 2012. The report has STAAR data for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 from the Texas Education Agency. An exception is the "11th Grade English Language Arts," which is TAKS. More information on STAAR is available on the website.
Some of the highlights from this year's report:
The Juvenile Justice system in Texas has undergone many changes in recent years. There is updated data from Lubbock County.
Health data for 2010 and 2011 was not available for the previous report, but is included along with the new 2012 statistics.
The economic cost of drug abuse in the U.S. was estimated at $180.9 billion in 2002. See how drug courts are having an impact in the Lubbock area.