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

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.

College Readiness Summary, 2017–2018

This report provides an overview of the district’s college readiness outcomes for seniors in the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 school years.

Career and Technical Education Student Certification Exam Results 2017-2018: How Students Performed in Their Certification Exams

Earning an industry certification provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) students with a beginning point in a particular career field. With certification earned, students can demonstrate skills and competencies needed in the job market. This report presents findings related to CTE students’ participation in and passing status of certification exams.