This report summarizes student enrollment during the 2020–2021 school year for the cohort of students in the 2019–2020 prekindergarten partnership between Austin Independent School District, United Way for Greater Austin, and participating child development centers. Demographic information and academic performance for beginning-of-year are also reported for the 2019-2020 cohort and comparison students currently enrolled in AISD.
Staff were asked to provide their preference for how the district might adjust the 2020-2021 academic calendar if the district moves to 100% remote learning or closes schools following winter break in January 2021. Overall, 70% of staff ranked the option to move instructional days to the end of the school year as their most preferred option, 18% ranked the option of holding once-a-month instructional days on Saturdays throughout the spring semester as their most preferred choice, and just 12% ranked moving instructional days to spring break as their most preferred choice.
The AISD Family Learning Preference survey was available for participation between September 10th and September 25th in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Dari, Swahili, and Pashto. Families responded on behalf of over 54,000 students (N= 54,294) out of a possible 76,397 students for about a 71% response rate for the survey. Families were asked which instructional model they planned for their student to participate in from the options remote off-campus learning and on-campus learning, with a third, hybrid learning option available to students at the high school level.