Bright Spots

RGV FOCUS is experiencing success in many of our key focus areas—and we are excited to see results accelerate in the years to come. Below are a few of the bright spots in the areas we serve.

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3rd Grade Reading in RGV

3rd Grade Reading in RGV

“Approaches” increased from 70% to 72% between 2012 and 2017

Source: Texas Education Agency STAAR Aggregate Data at the "Approaches" standard, 2016-17 school year

“The Brownsville Independent School District used insights from RGV FOCUS data to better serve our 47,000 students, particularly those from households classified as 100 percent economically disadvantaged. We carried these insights through to action by creating data rooms where teachers strategized on how best to serve their classes and individual students. These strategies helped contribute to an improvement in the percentage of 3rd graders reading at grade-level. We are optimistic about the future of education in the Rio Grande Valley.”

DR. ESPERANZA ZENDEJAS
Brownsville ISD Superintendent

8th Grade Math in RGV

8th Grade Math in RGV

“Approaches” increased from 69% to 74% between 2012 and 2017

Source: Texas Education Agency STAAR Aggregate Data at the "Approaches" standard, 2016-17 school year

“Our work with RGV FOCUS helped Vanguard Academy better meet the needs of our 8th grade students through data collection and sharing. Veteran teachers from our schools in Alamo and Pharr planned their classroom strategies with Planned Learning Communities, where they shared knowledge with other educators and superintendents.

These strategies filtered through our district as we addressed the needs of one child at a time, family by family. What is great for economically disadvantaged kids is also great for any student.”

DR. NARCISO GARCIA
Vanguard Academy Superintendent

AP/Dual Credit

AP/Dual Credit

PSJA North Graduates up to 25% of their students with an Associate Degree.

Source: Self-reported ISD Data

“RGV FOCUS contributed to our success by convening leaders of different school districts and higher education institutions with community leaders to share best practices, set goals and meet the challenges our community faces.

We set very clear goals for our AP/Dual Credit Program at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High School and our other initiatives in the district; connect every student to, then through, their college education.

At Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High School, about 20 to 25 percent of graduates have already earned associate degrees. Seventy percent have already started college. We’ve had young people finishing their undergraduate degrees within two years of high school graduation before admission to law school at age 20. One young lady graduated from Rice University within two years, while many others have gone on to post-graduate studies.”

DR. DANIEL KING
PSJA ISD Superintendent

Postsecondary Readiness

Postsecondary Readiness

College-Ready Graduates in RGV increased from 18% to 32% between 2016 and 2017

Source: Texas Education Agency, Texas Academic Performance Report (2017)

“Our five years working with RGV FOCUS have helped us zero in on the needs of our students. When RGV FOCUS raises a topic of interest, we follow through at our leadership meetings to address it with our principals. It really comes home when we focus on kids living in economically disadvantaged households. The community comes together to build basic support systems to help them succeed, from developing small learning communities to delivering resources, or even simplifying the college application process for students.

College readiness has improved in part from programs like dual-enrollment courses that help students gain college experience and, in many cases, associate degrees before graduation. For many students, it is their family’s first encounter with college that helps them realize their true agency and ability to take the next step toward success.”

DR. ALDA BENAVIDES
La Joya ISD Superintendent