District Accolades | August 2018

August 2018 Board Meeting

Dallas ISD earned a B under the TEAs new grading system and showed impressive gains in several areas: 

  • Sixty-six percent of schools earned an 80 or higher.
  • Six of the 12 schools in the state earning the highest possible score are Dallas ISD schools.
  • More Dallas ISD students are narrowing the achievement gap and meeting state standards—40 percent (Dallas ISD), 47 percent (State). (Up from 27 percent in 2013-14 vs. the state’s 39 percent).
  • The number of IR schools has decreased to 4 (down from 43 in 2013-14).

Arlington Park Early Childhood Center opened this month as the district’s only standalone-campus solely for 3- and 4-year-olds.

District 4 welcomed the new School for the Talented and Gifted in Pleasant Grove. It’s the first of its kind in the state of Texas and has an academic program that bridges the worlds of two-way dual language and talented and gifted education. This year, the school will serve grades four through six and expand to eighth grade by 2020. 

Congratulations to Science and Engineering Magnet student Kimmy Chang who was awarded AP Scholar of the Year! Each year only one male and one female student are given this award in Texas. 

Hats off to Science and Engineering Magnet student Shelly Goel who was recently awarded $10,000 for creating an integrated app for early detection of cardiovascular diseases. 

Kudos to Science and Engineering Magnet debaters for a very successful summer at The University of Texas National Institute of Forensics. Thanks to a generous Tommy Tranchin scholarship, Olivia Northcutt-Wyly could attend and brought home the 5th place award. Olivia was joined by fellow SEM debaters Storm Lasseter and Juan Diaz who also placed.

Special thanks to Kroger for supporting our students’ success by donating more than 5,000 school supply kits and $14,000 in Kroger gift cards through the Backpack Boosters program. It was an honor to be at the special in-class ceremony L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary hosted to celebrate.

Over the summer, 12 students at Alex W. Spence advanced to the Futsal World Championship in Orlando, Fl.