AISD Schools Avoid Repurposing

TAKS scores are up

Austin ISD parents may breathe a little easier: It looks like there will be no state-ordered campus repurposing this year. On June 3, the Texas Education Agency released the preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills scores, which saw performance for all groups in all subjects remain static or increase. AISD board of trustees President Mark Williams said, "The scores represent quite an achievement and a lot of work from students and staff, so congratulations are in order." Last year four high schools (Reagan, Travis, LBJ, and Eastside Memor­ial) and five middle schools (Garcia, Lamar, Martin, Mendez, and Pearce) were classified as "academically unacceptable" as a result of their TAKS scores. If the current results hold, only one – Green Tech at Eastside Memorial – will have failed to reach the minimum standard of "academically acceptable." With their improved scores, the two campuses most in danger of mandatory state-ordered repurposing – Reagan and Pearce – seem to have avoided that threat this year. "The temperature might be lower," Williams said, "but no one is saying, 'Status quo is fine.'" That's why on June 7 the board approved a measure to restrict Pearce to grades seven and eight next year as the first stage in converting it to fit into the new Pre-K-8 Early College Initiative.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More AISD
AISD Trustee Election Sees Highest Turnout Ever
AISD Trustee Election Sees Highest Turnout Ever
Zapata, Foster to join board; two races set for run-off

Clara Ence Morse, Nov. 6, 2020

A New Plan for Austin ISD?
A New Plan for Austin ISD?
School board elections tee up calls for change – and rebuilding broken trust

Clara Ence Morse, Oct. 16, 2020

More by Richard Whittaker
Belushi
More than laughs, more than addiction: a charming, tragic portrait of the Blues Brothers star

Nov. 27, 2020

Uncle Frank
Small town coming-out period drama is anchored by Paul Bettany at his best

Nov. 27, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

AISD, Texas Education Agency, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, Green Tech

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle