As part of our accountability promise, All Kids Alliance annual reports serve two purposes. They describe our progress in building cradle-to-career infrastructure across our region to achieve collective impact. They also chronicle the performance of students from Kindergarten through post-secondary education.
We released our "baseline" report in June of 2010 when we launched All Kids Alliance. It included nearly 40 data points, as well as a demographic profile of Greater Houston. Much of the data compared the status of students in Greater Houston with those in Texas. In 2010 we defined "Greater Houston" as the seven counties served by Region 4 Education Service Center, namely, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, and Waller.
We updated the baseline report in 2011, reducing somewhat the number of data points and eliminating comparisons between Greater Houston and Texas. We included school data from an additional county - Montgomery - and we introduced a "pipeline" graphic for the first time, following a cohort of 7th Graders in the "Gulf South" through high school, and onto and through post-secondary education.
Because of the state's introduction of a new assessment system for elementary and secondary students in 2012, we delayed that year's report and combined the information with 2013 data. In our 2012-2013 update, we added data on post-secondary access, persistence, and completion, and we modified the pipeline study to track 8th graders from the school districts in seven counties of Greater Houston.
Our most recent report is the first to offer three years of elementary and secondary school data under the new assessment system. It updates the pipeline study of 8th graders to current available data covering all eight of our Greater Houston counties.