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Recent Publications

Professional Pathways for Teachers: 2018-2019 Appraisal Results for Career and Technical Education Instructors

Comparisons between CTE and non-CTE instructors and between CTE endorsements were examined in the context of PPfT and CTE’s overlapping goals of quality instruction and professional learning. CTE instructors had significantly higher summative scores than did non-CTE instructors. Almost twice as many CTE as non-CTE instructors earned a distinguished rating. Results supported key indicators of CTE high-quality instruction (i.e., prepared and effective program staff, engaging instruction, work-based learning opportunities, and standards-aligned and industry-based curriculum and instruction).

Employee Well-Being in AISD: What Makes Employees Feel Valued and Want to Stay, 2019-2020

Part of Austin Independent School District (AISD)'s ongoing commitment to employees’ well-being and retention includes understanding employees’ feelings toward their work environment. AISD’s customer experience department, CARES (customer focused, action oriented, responsive, empathetic, and service driven), worked with AISD's Department of Research and Evaluation (DRE) to create items to be added to staff surveys to accomplish this. Analysis of responses to these items and comparisons between feelings and perceptions of campus-based staff and Central Office staff are described in…

Approaches to Arts Learning in High School

In this report, we grouped students into three distinct categories, based on how they approached arts learning during high school, which we named spartans, explorers, and deep divers. The approach to arts learning represents not just the students, but also the opportunities and barriers they encountered. We found that these approaches are strongly associated with student characteristics and postsecondary outcomes. Our hope is that understanding the three approaches to arts learning will inform how we strategize for more equitable access to the arts during high school.

Bilingual and English as a Second Language Academic Performance Summary Report, 2019–2020

This report summarizes the academic performance of emergent bilingual students, also known as English learners, for the 2019–2020 school year. Results are presented from the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), advanced placement (AP) course enrollment and exam performance, college readiness indicators, and graduation and dropout rates. Results for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test, academic course performance, and end-of-course tests were unavailable this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Afterschool Centers on Education Austin Independent School District Cycle 10 Final Report 2019-2020

The Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) is the program administered through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. The ACE Austin Cycle 10 program provides intentional afterschool program experiences that are high quality, challenging, and inspiring. Across activities and centers, the afterschool program focuses on three primary objectives: decrease school-day absences, decrease discipline referrals, and increase academic achievement. This report examines outcomes for participants.