Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Austin: 2019 Fall Student Focus Group Results Summary
This report describes findings generated from student focus groups across five GEAR UP campuses in the Fall 2019 semester. The focus group participants described their perspectives of the GEAR UP program, experiences with the GEAR UP activities, and plans for future education. Findings obtained from the 2019 fall student focus groups echoed those obtained from focus group interviews with students and teachers in the 2018-2019 school year.
Fifth-Grade Dual-Language Students’ 2020 Performance on the Spanish Language Proficiency Assessment (STAMP 4Se)
This report examines the Spanish language proficiency of fifth-grade students enrolled in the two-way Dual Language (DL) Program. Both native and non-native English speakers’ Spanish language proficiency was assessed with the STAMP 4Se assessment in Spring 2020. Students were assessed on four domains of Spanish language proficiency (reading, listening, writing, and speaking). Compared to last year's scores, student performance levels on reading and listening remained the same, while performance levels for writing and speaking improved slightly.
This report summarizes grade-level promotion and graduation outcomes for 2,859 Austin Independent School District (AISD) students who participated in the Twilight Program in 2018–2019. Of the 12th-grade students enrolled in Twilight in 2018–2019, 95% graduated. Of Twilight students in 6th through 11th grades, 94% were promoted to the next grade level.
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.
This report answers questions about teacher and administrator perceptions of Professional Pathways for Teachers (PPfT) program implementation. PPfT is a multi-measure appraisal and compensation system designed to empower teachers and improve the quality of teaching in Austin Independent School District. PPfT is in its third year, and stakeholders were interested in, among other things, teachers' perceptions of new program components like professional learning opportunities and compensation. Perceptions of teachers and administrators are a valuable part of the implementation process.
This report examines the beginning-of-year (BOY) reading performance of English learners (ELs) who attended summer school in June 2019. Summer school ELs’ performance on the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) and iStation Indicators of Progress (ISIP) was compared to that of similar ELs who did not attend summer school. Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish-speaking summer schoolers' results also were compared. Results for ELs who attended summer school for two years were compared to those who only attended one year. Significant differences were found among groups.
The purpose of the TELL AISD survey is to measure aspects of school climate such as general climate, district vision, leadership, teacher data use, instructional practice, professional development opportunities, and student conduct. The survey is administered annually to all campus–based staff employed half-time or more. This report contains highlights regarding the 2019-2020 AISD TELL Survey. To view the full 2019-2020 AISD TELL Survey results, click the Interactive Report link and choose the TELL Report (2019-2020) from the dropdown list.
This report analyzes teachers’ feedback on the Effective Teacher Language course, a social and emotional learning opportunity for teachers. The Effective Teacher Language course is available online to teachers for a Professional Learning Exchange Day.
This report highlights the results of Austin’s 4th- and 8th-grade students on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.