Superintendent gives 2013 State of the Schools address
Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier used his fourth State of the Schools address on Friday, Feb. 1, to thank voters for overwhelmingly supporting the district’s work to build modern, safe schools, and unveiled a plan to give students the technology they need to become graduates who contribute to Houston’s prosperity.Dr. Grier’s State of the Schools AddressRead Dr. Grier's entire speech or watch it here.“We’re here today to see the beginning of the future of education. No longer can we think about education in the manner in which we experienced it. It’s a whole new world and we are part of leading it,” Dr. Grier told a capacity crowd of 2,000-plus inside the Hilton Americas Hotel.HISD student achievement reached record levels in 2012, and the district was rewarded by being named a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education for the first time in a decade. Those achievements include:
Career and Technical Programs in HISD“There is more to be done,” Dr. Grier said. “Our focus is on becoming great all over. It’s a powerful mindset that’s being embedded in every facet of our district.” Read more --->Those in attendance saw a video showcasing HISD's career and technical programs.
- A 45 percent increase in the number of college-level Advanced Placement exams passed by HISD students since 2009
- The highest graduation rate and lowest dropout rate ever for HISD under the modern accountability system
- A $130 million increase in college scholarship offers to HISD students since 2009
- Hundreds more HISD students scoring at the college-ready level on the SAT
- Students in HISD’s Apollo 20 school turnaround program are progressing at the same rate academically as students in America’s best charter schools. Lessons from Apollo 20 are being implemented in schools across HISD.