DX Spotlights Troubled Dallas ISD Campus

South Oak Cliff High School
South Oak Cliff High School | Image by Fox 4

While the Texas Education Agency continues to keep the latest accountability reports for the state’s public school systems under wraps due to a lawsuit, The Dallas Express is putting a spotlight on one of Dallas ISD’s underperforming campuses.

According to the most recent available accountability report, which is for the 2021-2022 school year, South Oak Cliff High School earned a 63 out of 100 for student achievement outcomes.

Only 25% of students at the campus scored at grade level on their STAAR exams that school year. The figure was 41% districtwide, well below the statewide average of 48%.

When it came to the college, career, military readiness (CCMR) metric, South Oak Cliff High School logged a 43% share of students meeting the criteria. Districtwide, some 59% of students managed to meet the CCMR criteria. Statewide, 65% of students hit the mark.

In terms of on-time graduation rate, only 77.9% of the school’s graduating seniors earned a diploma in four years, a smaller share than the 81.1% recorded across Dallas ISD. Statewide, the on-time graduation rate that school year was 90%.

South Oak Cliff High School is located in Dallas ISD Trustee Maxie Johnson’s education district, which includes parts of the Oak Lawn area, West Dallas, the cities of Wilmer and Hutchins, and parts of eastern and southern Oak Cliff. As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Johnson was named Bad Apple of Q4 in 2023 due to the 8,160 students he abandoned at schools in his district with troubling student achievement outcomes.

According to South Oak Cliff High School’s campus profile for the 2021-2022 school year, the student body was 64.8% African American and 32.3% Hispanic. Some 96.7% of all students were designated as “economically disadvantaged.”

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