Austin Independent School District

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Austin Independent School District
File:Austin Independent School District Logo.jpg
Location
1111 W 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703
ESC Region 13[1]
United States
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District information
Type Independent school district
Grades Pre-K through 12
Established 1881[2]
Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz[3]
Budget $1,053,173,599 (2014–15)[4]
Students and staff
Students 84,591 (2014–15)[4]
Teachers 6,369 (2014–15)[4]
Staff 5,684 (2014–15)[4]
Athletic conference District 26 4A,
District 25 5A [5]
Other information
TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011-12 Academically Acceptable[6]
Website Austin ISD

Austin Independent School District is a school district based in the city of Austin, Texas, United States. Established in 1881,[2] the district serves most of the City of Austin, the City of Sunset Valley, the Village of San Leanna, and unincorporated areas in Travis County (including Manchaca). The district operates 129 schools including 84 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 16 high schools.

Academic achievement

In 2011, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[6] Forty-nine percent of districts in Texas in 2011 received the same rating.[7] No state accountability ratings will be given to districts in 2012.[8] A school district in Texas can receive one of four possible rankings from the Texas Education Agency: Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking).

Historical district TEA accountability ratings[6]

  • 2011: Academically Acceptable
  • 2010: Academically Acceptable
  • 2009: Academically Acceptable
  • 2008: Academically Acceptable
  • 2007: Academically Acceptable
  • 2006: Academically Acceptable
  • 2005: Academically Acceptable
  • 2004: Academically Acceptable

Finances

Like other Texas public school districts, AISD is funded through a combination of local property taxes, general state revenues (such as occupation taxes, Texas Lottery profits, and returns from the Permanent School Fund), and federal education funds.[9] The district also funds some facilities construction and improvements through the issuance of debt by bond elections; AISD's most recent bond election was in 2013.[10]

Austin Ed Fund

Austin Ed Fund serves as a catalyst for generating and distributing external resources for the support of innovation and excellence in AISD. Originally named Austin Public Education Foundation (APEF), Austin Ed Fund was created over two decades ago as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an independent Board of Directors made up of business, community and education leaders.

Austin Ed Fund supports programs and initiatives that:

  • Help students Excel in the classroom
  • Embrace innovative approaches
  • Expand learning capacity in the classroom
  • Encourage community support and maintain strategic alliance with AISD

In 2015, fundraising efforts from foundations, corporations, and individuals supported the Ed Fund's Innovation Grants program and AISD's Social and Emotional Learning initiative. Community members can learn more or donate at www.austinedfund.org.

Superintendent

On April 14, 2014, superintendent Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen announced that she was resigning to become the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.[11] On January 26, 2015, Dr. Paul Cruz was promoted from interim to full superintendent.[12]

List of Superintendents

  • John B. Winn - 1881–1894
  • Prof. Thomas Green Harris - 1895–1903
  • Arthur N. McCallum, Sr. - 1903–1942
  • Dr. Russell Lewis - 1942–1947
  • Dr. J.W. Edgar - 1947–1950
  • Dr. Irby B. Carruth - 1950–1970
  • Dr. Jack L. Davidson - 1970–1980
  • Dr. John Ellis - 1980–1990
  • Dr. Gonzalo Garza (Interim) - 1990–1991
  • Dr. Jim B. Hensley - 1991–1992
  • Dr. Terry N. Bishop (Interim) - 1993–1994
  • Dr. James Fox, Jr. - 1995–1998
  • A.C. Gonzalez (Interim) - 1998–1999
  • Dr. Pascal D. Forgione, Jr. - 1999–2009
  • Dr. Meria Carstarphen - 2009–2014
  • Dr. Paul Cruz - 2014–Present

High schools

The following high schools cover grades 9 to 12, unless otherwise noted.

Zoned high schools
Unzoned high schools

Middle schools

Zoned middle schools
Unzoned middle schools
The Magnet accepts students from across AISD on a basis of academic record and provides them with a more advanced program. The Magnet is not housed separately from Kealing's comprehensive program, but provides different classes to its students.

Elementary schools

Athletic Facilities

Delco Activity Center

Gallery

See also

References

  1. "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://school-districts.net/austin-independent-schoolDistrict.html
  3. "Paul Cruz: Superintendent". Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "AISD Fact Sheet, 2014-2015 School Year" (PDF). Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://www.teamtracker.net/?searchFor=austin&=Go
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Texas Accountability System District Ratings for 2004 through 2011". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 17 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Texas Accountability System Summary of Ratings for 2004 through 2011(as of November 2, 2011) District Ratings by Rating Category (including Charter Operators)". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 18 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Accountability Rating System for Texas Public Schools and Districts". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 18 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "An Introduction to School Finance in Texas" (PDF). Texas Taxpayers and Research Association. January 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Price, Asher; Taboada, Melissa B. (11 May 2013). "Voters approve half of AISD's $892 million bond proposals". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 26 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Torres, Vincent. "April 14 Update". Superintendent Search. Austin Independent School District. Retrieved 6 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Bien, Calily. "Dr. Paul Cruz appointed superintendent of AISD". Superintendent. KXAN. Retrieved 27 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982–1983 Through 1999–2002 (PDF)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc

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