It was a few months back when officials with the Houston Independent School District learned their accreditation status with the state was being reviewed.
The Texas Education Agency as of Friday lists HISD’s status as pending. The ranking came after allegations of cheating on the TAKS test at Key Middle School according to HISD spokesman Norm Uhl.
But the bigger question the Insite had is how will this affect thousands of students who are hoping to enter college.
Teachers’ union President Gayle Fallon says it meant students in the district would have worthless diplomas graduating from a district with a pending accreditation status.
That claim lead me to start digging. I called on the admissions experts at two Houston colleges: Rice University and University of Houston.
The answer is good news for students who are graduating from any HISD school this year. Chris Munoz who is the Vice President of Enrollment at Rice says it should not affect students entering college.
Admissions staffers at U of H also say students shouldn’t have a problem getting into their school with HISD’s ‘pending’ accreditation status.
So those thousands of students who will be getting those diplomas this year shouldn’t run into a problem.
However, HISD is still in an uphill battle to get their accreditation back!