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Becoming Great All Over

2013 January 31

This morning, I will deliver my annual State of the Schools address, and I am proud to report that HISD is becoming great all over.  We have students, teachers, and principals who personify what it means to be great.  And, we have a community that not only demands great schools, but is willing to invest time and resources to ensure that, together, we are meeting the needs of every student.

We have made tremendous progress in HISD.

  • The graduation rate is at an all-time high
  • More students are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams
  • Students are outscoring their peers across the nation in reading, math, science, and language arts
  • College scholarship offers to HISD seniors have more than tripled since 2009.
  • HISD will build schools to support 21st century learning after voters overwhelmingly approved the 2012 Houston Schools Bond.

The State of the Schools program also includes remarks from Board of Education President Anna Eastman and four bright students from some of our neighborhood schools. These children have big dreams and detailed plans to achieve their goals. We owe it to them and every student in HISD to provide a consistent, rigorous education.

Tickets to the State of the Schools are sold out but we will have coverage of the event online. I encourage you to visit to see near real-time updates and photos from the event. We will also post transcripts, videos, and a copy of the 2012 Annual Report. These resources provide a glimpse of just some of the ways we are becoming great all over.

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