- AISD is a diverse, urban district that is making great progress in student academic achievement. AISD is the fifth largest school district in Texas, and serves approximately 86,000 students at 129 schools.
- The District's student population has grown by six percent over the past five years, and our Economically Disadvantaged student population has grown by 15 percent, and represents 63 percent of all students. Our English Language Learner population has grown by 35 percent over the past five years, and now comprises 29 percent of our student population. We've also seen a 14 percent growth in our Hispanic students, a 10 percent decrease in our African American population, and a 5 percent drop in our White student numbers.
- The District also supports families that represent more than 94 languages, and we teach seven languages other than English in our schools, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and American Sign Language.
State of the District to Date
- AISD made gains on virtually every TAKS standard in school year 2009-10. Ninety-nine percent of AISD schools passed TAKS, and 95 percent of schools met the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standard.
- More than one-third of AISD schools moved up one or two levels in the State Accountability Rankings and 62 percent of schools were rated Exemplary or Recognized under the state rating system. There are also no new Academically Unacceptable (AU) schools for the new school year, seven of the eight AU schools came off the list.
- Austin students taking the SAT college entrance exam in 2010 exceeded both state and national overall average scores for the fourth year in a row. AISD students outscored their counterparts in the state and nation in Math, and in the state, in both Verbal and Writing scores.
- Results from the 2009 National Assessment of Education Progress (the nation's report card), show that AISD ranked either first or second in the nation in 4th and 8th grade math and science, and outscored charter schools.
- Six AISD high schools were among Newsweek's 2010 "America's Best High Schools."
- Four AISD schools made the Texas Business and Education Coalition's Honor Roll for 2010. Of the more than 8,000 Texas public schools, less than four percent received this honor.
- AISD leads Texas school districts in the number of National Board Certified teachers for the eighth year in a row.
- Austin was named one of the nation's most "reform friendly" cities for education for AISD's strong funding venues, quality-control metrics, reform, and past and present superintendent leadership, according to a study released by the Fordham Institute.
- AISD received $62.3 Million from the U.S. Department of Education-the largest Teacher Incentive Fund grant in the country-to expand AISD REACH, the District's Strategic Compensation Program.