In addition to conducting planned research and evaluation, DRE staff respond to ad hoc analytic requests, as capacity allows. These requests support the critical needs of a variety of district stakeholders, including district leadership, the board of trustees, and community partners.
District Support Activities
The second AISD Family Pulse survey was available to all families between July 23rd and August 13th. Families responded on behalf of over 32,000 students (N= 32,384) for about a 40% response rate for the survey. Families were asked the question “After the 100% at-home distance teaching and learning at the beginning of the 20-21 school year, which instructional model do you plan to select for your student?” and were asked to select from on-campus teaching and learning, at-home distance teaching and learning, or that they did not plan for their child to attend school in AISD in 20-21.
The CARES (customer-focused, action-oriented, responsive, empathetic, and service-driven) initiative was launched in AISD in 2018-2019 to bring about a culture of respect and inclusiveness throughout the district. The initiative puts an emphasis on positive customer experiences for families, students and staff members. In the spring of 2020, the Department of Research and Evaluation conducted focus groups with front office staff members from a variety of schools in AISD to discover the perceptions and responses to this initiative and any barriers to full implementation.
The Professional Learning Department hosts an annual week-long orientation for various staff (e.g., teacher, elementary counselors, librarians) who are new to Austin Independent School District (AISD) as part of the Teacher Induction Program (TIP). This report summarizes survey results from staff who attended the Fall 2019 TIP orientation week.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Austin: Annual Evaluation Report 2018–2019
In 2018–2019, the program’s second federally funded year, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Austin served a cohort of 7th-grade students (n = 2,536) across 11 middle schools. Nearly all GEAR UP students received support services relevant to college preparation. Evaluation findings suggest that students, teachers, and parents had a positive perspective on the role of the program services in college preparation.