May 1, 2013
Research Project Comparing School Districts:
1. Where is the district located? (5 pts.)
Alief Independent School District (ISD) is located in Houston Texas, between Sugar Land, Bellaire, and Katy.
2. What is the district’s demographic profile? Write a paragraph in which you address the following questions: How many students are enrolled in the district? How does the racial/ethnic makeup of the district’s student body compare with the racial/ethnic makeup of public school students statewide? Has the racial/ethnic make-up of the district changed appreciably since 2007? If so, how has it changed? (15 pts.)
In Alief ISD there is 45,410 students actually enrolled from all races and ethnicities. To help visualize the district demographic please refer to the histogram below. (Figure 1)
Figure 1: Alief democratic profile compared to statewide data. (Texastribune.org 2010)
There is no significant difference between the district percentage of Hispanic and Native American compared to the state percentage. They represent respectively, about 50% and 0.5% of the student body. However, African American represents two thirds of the student body in Alief ISD while they represent only about one seventh of the public school students statewide. While we see a higher percentage of African American in Alief ISD, we can also observe that there is a big variance of White students between the percentage in Alief ISD and the statewide percentage. In fact, two out of three students is White statewide while only about one out of thirty-three students are from the same ethnicity in Alief ISD. Identically, we can observe that the percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander is higher in the district, 12.7% for only about 3.7% statewide. As we can see in Figure 2 below the percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and White in Alief ISD did not significantly change since 2007. On the other hand, there is a more accentuate