Education First recognized Aldine ISD as a district “on the rise.” AISD is among 10 districts across the country celebrated in the report. Education First is a the national strategy and policy organization.
In Education First’s Districts Rising series, the stories of districts that are working to raise student achievement and prepare students for college and career are highlighted and celebrated. Education First cited AISD’s commitment to collaboration, innovation, and hard work, which has led to a rise in student proficiency and graduation rates.
Authors of the report praised Aldine ISD for directing resources to data-driven teaching. The district is turning around low-performing schools. The report also noted that achievement gaps are closing among students. This is in large part due to teamwork among staff members and administrators districtwide.
The district has also made deep investments in professional learning. The report cited how veteran staff members provide teachers with high-quality, content-specific feedback. This leads educators develop strategies that improve instruction.
The report also cited AISD’s collaboration with public charter schools. This has enabled the district to expand students’ access to high-quality schools.
These and other strategies have helped Aldine narrow graduation gaps between students of different races.
During the two decades of Aldine’s reforms, Texas administered three increasingly difficult statewide assessments. With each new test, Aldine’s performance dropped at first. Performance then increased to high levels.
The report noted that the district serves a larger share of high-need students than the state. This includes English language learners (ELLs) and low-income students. Among these two subgroups, Aldine is performing at a level similar to the state average.
This brief is part of the Districts Rising series. Each report in the series tells the story of a school district. The series details efforts to raise student achievement. Authors Robert Medina, Chad Rubalcaba and Jenn Vranek also touch on how districts are preparing students for college and career.
“Aldine’s focus is on delivering targeted supports for schools, teachers and students,” said Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg. “We now have to be more diverse in our strategies to meet the more diverse needs of our students.“
According to Education First, other school districts can learn from Districts Rising. The series includes an overview brief with 10 themes. Education First hopes state and district leaders consider these champions for students when planning their reform strategies.
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