An Evaluation of Matrices Used to Select Magnet School Students

Magnet School Students

This document evaluates the Houston Independent Schools District's scoring system for students applying to its magnet schools.

Asked by the Houston Independent School District to evaluate the predictive value of aspects of magnet qualification matrices, and to suggest revisions of the matrices, the Houston Education Research Consortium used an econometric education production function model to predict STAAR reading and math test scores among students who applied to HISD magnet programs in fall 2013 for the 2014–15 academic year. The report finds no evidence that different matrices are useful for different types of magnet programs, and suggest that one matrix could be used for all magnet applicants. 

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