August 15, 2019

Good Reason Houston is dedicated to ensuring that every child, in every Houston neighborhood, excels in a world-class public school that prepares them to thrive in the Houston of tomorrow. Our children deserve this reality and our parents expect it.  While there are many characteristics of a quality school, in a survey of more than 1,500 Houston parents, conducted by Wakefield Research Partners and commissioned by Good Reason Houston, parents overwhelmingly said a quality school prepares their child for what’s next in life—the next grade, college, and a career. 1

In that same survey, 80% of parents definitively indicated their support for the new Texas Education Agency (TEA) A–F framework because they believe it gives them an independent source of information to evaluate school quality and make the best decision for their child.

Today, all of Houston’s public schools received a preliminary letter grade for the first time, and we are pleased that these ratings will provide parents and the community with a clearer picture of school quality. These letter grades are only a snapshot of school performance this past year, but we hope the community will use this information to support schools to improve and celebrate the schools that are excelling.

We have much to be proud of in the 2019 ratings:2

We celebrate these schools and many others that continue to demonstrate what is possible for all students. To honor the amazing work of these high-performing schools, we would like to announce Good Reason Houston’s first-ever Honor Roll.

As we celebrate these successes, we know there is more work to do. The majority of parents told our researchers that only an A or B would be an acceptable rating for their child’s school, yet we are systemically failing to provide that for every family:3

This is unacceptable. We must do better.

Good Reason Houston’s mission is to increase the number of students learning in great public schools, which is why we set an ambitious goal to increase the number of students in A and B schools by 60,000 by 2025. We know many of our local school districts and leaders are already taking bold steps to achieve and exceed this goal, and Good Reason Houston is here to be their accelerator.

We believe that together—alongside educators, parents, and our community—we can improve outcomes for all Houston children.

This year, 260,000 students are counting on all of us to do just that.


 1 Wakefield Research Partners Spring 2019 Parent Quantitative Survey; Most Houston parents feel high-quality schools are defined by their ability to prepare students for the next grade level (69%), teach students valuable life skills from extracurricular activities (57%), and help them graduate to attend 4-year colleges (55%).

2 2019 TEA Accountability Ratings; For Good Reason Houston’s analysis, we have included all public schools from the following districts: Aldine ISD, Alief ISD, Channelview ISD, Galena Park ISD, Houston ISD, KIPP Texas – Houston Public Schools, Pasadena ISD, Sheldon ISD, Spring ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and YES Prep Public Schools, in addition to all stand-alone charter schools and networks within Harris County serving a student population where more than 70% are identified as economically disadvantaged.

3 Wakefield Research Partners Spring 2019 Parent Quantitative Survey; When asked which of the following ratings would you consider “acceptable” ratings for your child’s school, 53% of parents stated only an A or B school would be acceptable.