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Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Terry Grier became the Houston Independent School District’s superintendent of schools after a unanimous vote of the district’s Board of Education in September 2009. Under his watch, HISD’s graduation rate has increased to its all-time high (81.7 percent). Scholarship dollars offered to HISD seniors have increased from $51 million to $186 million. And the number of students scoring three or higher on Advanced Placement exams has increased by 45 percent, from 4,915 to 7,106.

Dr. Grier is widely recognized for his leadership in turning around failing schools. The district’s Apollo 20 program has received state and national recognition—effectively eliminating the math achievement gap in Apollo elementary schools and reducing it by one-half in Apollo middle and high schools. He is committed to placing an effective teacher in every HISD classroom and an exemplary principal in every school. To help ensure this, the district’s teacher and principal evaluation models contain indicators of student success.

In 2013, under his leadership, HISD became the first district in America to win the Broad Prize for Urban Education a second time (the district won the inaugural award in 2002). HISD received high marks for its progress in decreasing achievement gaps and increasing the number of minority students taking and doing well on advanced placement tests. Read more...


Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Terry B. Grier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Houston ISD
4400 West 18th Street
Houston, Texas 77092-8501

Telephone: (713) 556-6300
Fax: (713) 556-6323

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