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.

Recent Publications

Teacher Induction Program New Teacher Orientation Week 2019–2020

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.

Who Cares About CARES? We Do! And You Should Too!

Educators in this day and age may have to reframe how they think about interacting with parents, students and community members. Viewing these relationships as 'customer' relationships may seem like a stretch, but it is a reality. Research shows the many benefits of providing positive customer experiences for our stakeholders, and the costs of negative experiences. AISD is facing the issue head-on with the CARES (Customer-focused, Action-oriented, Responsive, Empathetic, and Service-driven) initiative. In this paper is a summary of the research, and tips to help you show you care…

2019 ACT Test Results Summary, 2018–2019

This report describes ACT test results for Austin Independent School District (AISD) seniors in the 2018–2019 school year. In 2018-2019, the district’s average ACT composite score of 23.0 exceeded the state (20.5) and national (20.7) average composite scores.