DRE staff evaluate programs for students from 6th through 12th grade (i.e., the middle and high school levels). The topics of research and program evaluation include academic performance, school climate, substance use and safety, college readiness, postsecondary intentions, and career and technical education.

Recent Publications

Eighth-Grade Dual Language Students' Feedback on the Dual Language Program, 2018-2019

This report summarizes results from a 2019 spring survey of 8th-grade students in the middle school Dual Language Program. Most students indicated they enjoyed the program, realized the academic benefits, and wanted to continue Dual Language in high school.

Academic Benefits of Athletics: Summary of Outcomes for the Graduating Class of 2017

This report summarizes the academic and post-secondary outcomes for student athletes and non-athletes in the 2017-2018 school year.

Austin ISD CTE Postsecondary Enrollment – Executive Summary, Spring 2018

This report provides a summary of graduates who earned a CTE certificate or who were a CTE concentrator and their college enrollment between the 2013 and 2017 school years.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Austin: 2018 Fall Student Focus Group Results Summary

To gather information about student perspectives of the GEAR UP program, the AISD evaluation team conducted students focus groups with students at six GEAR UP campuses in the fall of 2018. This report presents summary of findings related to students' feedback in the following areas: (a) understanding of the GEAR UP program, (b) GEAR UP facilitators, (c) GEAR UP activities, (d) intention to attend college, (e) teacher expectations, and (f) any other information students wanted to know about college.