News from Dr. Cruz: #AISDproud of Student Performance

Aug. 26, 2014

Team AISD,

This just in: our students performed well on STAAR and End-of-Course exams and other state accountability measures, and graduation rates are higher than ever! 

This year, AISD’s results exceeded the state’s 2014 accountability targets in all four areas: student achievement by 23 points, student progress by 27 points, closing performance gaps by nine points and postsecondary readiness by 14 points. Three schools that were rated Improvement Required last year met all four index targets this year: Rodriguez Elementary School, Dobie Middle School and Lanier High School. Way to go!

What’s more, 110 schools met the standard on all components, and 70 schools earned a total of 205 distinction designations for outstanding performance in student achievement, student progress or postsecondary readiness. Nine campuses earned every distinction designation: Anderson, LASA, Ann Richards, Blackshear, Graham, Gullett, Hart, Reilly and Zilker.

TEA also reported that our district’s graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 84.1 percent, which is an all-time high. Graduation rates increased for every student population in AISD—across all ethnic groups, for English language learners, economically disadvantaged and special education students.

Please know that I understand and believe test scores tell only part of our overall performance. State assessments are a tool we use to determine where improvements are needed. We also look at other measures of success such as participation in the arts, attendance, social and emotional learning and levels of student engagement.

I’m proud of our students who continue to perform well during this period of transition to the state’s new assessments. Their success reflects the hard work and performance we see every day in our classrooms throughout Austin. When our accountability results are this positive, it’s easy to be #AISD proud!

Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent