Awards & Recognition
AISD continues to be recognized both nationally and locally for its innovative work, improviding student achievement and talented, dedicated team members. Here are some recent highlights:
Award Winning District
- AISD elementary and middle school students made gains on STAAR in every subject area!
- Austin ISD Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates Increase for the Class of 2011
- AISD Leads Big 8 in Percentage of Schools Achieving AYP
- On the new End of Course exams, our students ranked #1 in reading, writing and Algebra compared to all of the other Big 8 urban school districts.
- Amid increasing No Child Left Behind standards for all student groups, AISD had the highest campus passing rate for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) compared to all of the other Big 8 urban school districts!
- On our Nation’s Report Card, AISD ranked first in the nation in 8th grade mathematics and second in the nation in 4th grade math, compared to all NAEP urban districts.
- AISD Students Outscored State Average on ACT and SAT
- Graduation rates in 2011 increased by nearly 2 percentage points to 80%.
- Achievement gaps between student groups in AISD have narrowed by nearly one half since 2003 and more students are applying -- and ready -- for college. Post-secondary enrollment rates for AISD graduates went up a whopping five percentage points to 67%!
- For the second year in a row, AISD earned the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation from the National Association of School Business Officials. The district also earned a Gold Leadership Circle Award for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller for the third year in a row.
Award Winning Educators
- Matt Earhart and Donna Houser (pictured above) were named AISD Teacher of the Year and AISD Principal of the Year.
- Diana Luna, Head Custodian at Cunningham Elementary, was named 2012 AISD Classified Staff Member of the Year.
- The following AISD departments received national recognition by the Council of Great City Schools for being a top performer: transportation, child nutrition, maintenance and safety and security.
- AISD Police were a recognized agency by the Texas Police Chiefs’ Association for demonstrating 186 best practices. Our police department was the first school district in the state to meet this rigorous standard.
- David Edwards, Overton Elementary teacher, was selected as a semi-finalist for the "Live! with Kelly" television program’s Top Teacher Search.
- Tracy Lunoff, Health Services Supervisor, was named runner up in the Austin 2012 Fit Company Challenge.
- Laine Leibick, Highland Park Elementary teacher, won the elementary school lifetime achievement award from H-E-B, receiving $25,000 in cash as well as $25,000 for her school.
- Michelle Brown, O. Henry Middle School teacher, traveled to Antarctica as part of the PolarTREC research team.
- Jackie Porter, AISDs Director of Early Childhood, was awarded the Jeannette Watson Advocate Award for her contributions to Austin’s young children.
- Pamela Hall, AISD Director of Human Resources, was named Personnel Administrator of the Year by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators.
- Lynn Davis Pool, AISD Assistant Athletic Director, was inducted into the Texas Girls Coaches Association 2012 Hall of Fame.
Award Winning Schools
- Crockett High School was named the Texas Urban High School of the Year for 2011.
- Graham Elementary School Earned a 2012 National Blue Riboon School Recognition
- Two AISD high schools are among the best in the nation, according to Newsweek's America's Best High School rankings for 2012. Liberal Arts Science Academy is 38th and Anderson High School is 551st in the country out of 1,000 schools featured in the annual report. Both schools also were recognized in Newsweek's America's Best High School rankings for 2011.
- Four AISD high schools are among the best in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings. Liberal Arts Science Academy, Anderson High School, Bowie High School and McCallum High School earned national and state recognition in the annual report.