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Jan. 30, 2012 Regular Board Meeting

Public Hearing: Final State Accountability Ratings and Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS)

Superintendent Carstarphen presented key information on the district's performance in 2011-12 on state accountability indicators and other measures, as required under state law. Highlights from the report include:

  • fifty-six schools achieved a Recognized or Exemplary status, and Austin ISD received a state rating of Academically Acceptable;
  • compared to 2010-11, student performance increased or remained the same for all accountability student groups within the district in all five subject areas;
  • for the second consecutive year, at least 80 percent of AISD students met the performance standard in all five subject areas tested on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS);
  • for the first time, at least 30 percent of AISD students achieved the Commended Performance level in all five TAKS subject areas;
  • AISD's completion rate, which includes graduates and students who continue high school after their expected graduation date, increased to 89.8 percent, up from 88.6 percent in 2010-11; and
  • the district’s four-year graduation rate increased to 78.6 percent from 75.6 percent in 2010-11.


Highlights of Consent Agenda

The Board of Trustees voted to approve the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • approval of the design for the construction of a new elementary school designed to relieve severe overcrowding in the north-central area of the district;
  • approval of the design for the construction of the district's new Performing Arts Center;
  • approval of the construction delivery methods for projects to be implemented through the use of surplus 2008 Bond Program Contingency Funds;
  • ratification of a bid for the sale of AISD surplus property in the Travis Country neighborhood;
  • approval of an agreement with the Texas High School Project to support the Early College High School model at both Reagan and LBJ high schools;
  • approval of an agreement between the district and the Austin Aztex soccer club for the use of the House Park field and facilities; and
  • appointment of a principal to the district's new Early Childhood Center.


Superintendent's Report: Resolution to Withdraw the District's Declaration of Financial Exigency

In introducing a resolution to withdraw the district's declaration of financial exigency, which was adopted on Feb. 28, 2011, Dr. Carstarphen reported to the Board that last year's staff reductions and other expenditure controls had allowed the district to balance the budget, and to increase reserve levels to offer more stability and to avoid an additional reduction in force. The Board unanimously approved a resolution to withdraw the district's declaration of financial exigency.