Several Houston schools with some of the largest populations of at-risk students defied expectations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and showed improvement in state scores.

It’s a feat attributed to perseverance in the face of adversity and changes to the state accountability ratings that put more emphasis on progress.

The Category 4 hurricane hit in August 2017, causing an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas and killing 36 people in the Houston area.

In this Aug. 30, 2018 photo, Lorena Alaniz, a senior at Wisdom High School in Houston, sits in her campus cafeteria, as she discusses the challenges she and her family faced after their home was flooded during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Alaniz maintained a 3.5 GPA despite having to work part-time to help her family rebuild their flooded home. In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school, but Wisdom and other Houston schools defied expectations and showed improvement in state scores, a feat attributed to perseverance in the face of adversity, and changes to the state accountability ratings that put more emphasis on progress. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)

State records show about 10 percent of Houston Independent School District students were displaced by the storm, but not all schools were excused from state testing ramifications.

Some were on the hook for their academic performance despite plenty of their own storm-related disruptions. But they made notable gains in the new school ratings system.

Source: The Associated Press

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