After a Houston ISD bus crash killed two students last month, reporters and officials looked to past accident data for comparison. But, after reviewing the data compiled by the Texas Education Agency one thing was clear: the numbers just didn’t add up.
As state law requires, school districts submit bus crash data to the Texas Education Agency each year. However, some school districts may interpret the questions differently and 16% of districts don’t report at all, officials say.
The report, which is compiled via a Survey Monkey quiz on the agency’s website, has led to outright statistical improbabilities. In the 2013-2014 survey, for example, the report lists eight pedestrian injuries. However, the detailed report tallies one fatal pedestrian injury and six non-fatal- a total of 7 pedestrian injuries.