Gap Analysis Report 2003


Gap Analysis 2003

Executive Summary


In 2002, the North Texas P-16 Council approved a Gap Analysis Study to examine gaps in the achievement of students in the region that might have implications for our member school districts and institutions of higher education and their partners. For this work, we benefited from Closing the Gaps of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and from data available through the Academic Indicator System for Texas Schools. Recognizing the report of the National Commission on the Senior Year, we focused our work on the senior year of high school, which is a watershed in the lives of individual students and for schools in their ability to support earlier and later academic success. Also, we focused on student achievement in mathematics and the English language arts.

Gaps noted for North Texas students included the following:  

• Postsecondary entry and participation for African American and Hispanic students;

• Writing scores for Hispanic students;

• Enrollment in and passing tests related to AP/IB courses and scores on college entrance examinations for African American and Hispanic students;

• Need for qualified teachers in mathematics and bilingual education;

• Need for postsecondary remediation for African American and Hispanic college students; and

• Postsecondary graduation and success measures for economically disadvantaged students.

Council members agreed to focus on dual credit/concurrent enrollment programs for high school students, vertical alignment of curriculum across high school and college, and teacher recruitment and preparation as areas for developing and replicating programs to improve student achievement.