Houston high school gets failing grade; 19% of students are in special education

Aug 20, 2018, Houston Chronicle: HISD’s longest-failing school fell short again. Will 2018-19 be different for Kashmere? Amid the smiles and joy last week in Houston ISD, which avoided state sanctions and posted strong state academic accountability results, a long-lingering cloud hung over the festivities. For the ninth straight year, Kashmere High School failed to meet state academic standards, extending the longest such streak in Texas. Despite receiving nearly $2 million worth of additional resources and oversight from a state-appointed monitor, Kashmere received one of the lowest ratings — 49, the equivalent of an “F” grade — in Texas, according to accountability results released last week…. Few Texas schools face more challenges in meeting state academic standards than Kashmere, home to about 725 students in one of Houston’s highest-poverty neighborhoods. Many Kashmere students face daily hurdles commonly linked with intergenerational poverty. Roughly 19 percent of Kashmere’s population received special education services last year, slightly more than double the state average….