Houston Public Schools
At Houston Apartments, we understand the importance of education in today's
society. Parents want nothing more than to place their children in schools where
they know their children will be in good hands. Especially when moving to a new
area, parents want to make sure that there are appropriate schools nearby.
Researching specific needs and wants for their children's education is the first
step that any moving parent should take. A simple phone call to the school's
district will answer most of your questions, but not all. Some cases may require
a visit to a counselor who is more than willing to help a parent find the right
education and school for their kids. The internet is also a very useful source
for information regarding ANYTHING related to your child's education. Here is a
link to the Houston Independent School District website.
Purpose, Goals, and Values
The Houston Independent School District exists to strengthen the social
and economic foundation of Houston by assuring its youth the
highest-quality elementary and secondary education available anywhere.
Goal 1: Increase Student Achievement
HISD student performance will demonstrate gains as evidenced by scores
on TAKS, SAT, and other state and national tests, while performance gaps
between minority and nonminority students will narrow.
Goal 2: Increase Management Efficiency
HISD will have in place a decentralized organizational structure with
operational practices and procedures that distinguish between the school
district's pedagogical and business aspects and employ best practices
with proven business and administrative operational principles for
efficient delivery of services and goods to the schools.
Goal 3: Improve Public Support and Confidence in Schools
The local, state, and national public will view HISD as a large urban
district in which achievement is primary, performance is high, educators
accept responsibility for student learning, administrators and
support-services personnel exist to support the relationship between
teacher and student, accountability exists at all levels, and there is
respect among all segments of the community. Concomitantly, public
confidence in public schools will improve.
Goal 4: Create a Positive District Culture
HISD will have a clearly articulated purpose, with specific goals and
objectives that support it. Those will serve as the catalysts for
creating a powerful sense of community and shared direction among HISD
personnel, parents, students, and the public.
Goal 5: Provide Facilities-to-Standard Program
There will be in place a program designed to make all necessary repairs
and renovations to bring HISD facilities up to standard. The plan will
include the level of long-range and preventive maintenance necessary to
keep the buildings properly up to standard.
Safety Above All Else
Safety takes precedence over all else. A safe environment must be provided
for every student and employee.
Student Learning is the Main Thing
All decisions and actions, at any level, focus on and support "the main
thing": effective student learning.
Focus on Results and Excellence
Each employee focuses on results and excellence in individual and
Parents are Partners
Parents are valued partners in the educational process, serving as the
child's teacher in the home. All school and district activities will give
proper consideration to the involvement of parents.
All members of the organization, both students and employees, deserve and
must receive respectful and courteous treatment.
Declaration of Beliefs and Visions
To improve the performance of Houston students significantly, we, the
trustees of the Houston Independent School District, commit ourselves to a
fundamental restructuring and reform of the district.
We acknowledge the effective work of thousands of talented, dedicated
teachers, administrators, and other educators who have made HISD one of the
premier large urban school districts in the United States. We believe,
however, that the district's performance can and must be improved.
We realize also that the serious urban problems which characterize most of
America's largest cities also exist in Houston and spill into the schools.
We realize that HISD has two large minority populations whose educational
needs present special challenges, and that even our best schools are not
performing at world-class levels.
We further realize that HISD students represent great diversity in terms of
culture, ethnicity, language, and economic status. We believe that this rich
cultural diversity requires flexibility to achieve improved learning, and
that a highly centralized hierarchical system of governance cannot meet
We believe that:
- the overall achievement level of our students must be improved
- the dropout rate is unacceptably high
- the schools are overly regulated
- school safety must be improved
- the level of parental involvement is too low in many schools
- some communities feel that the district is not responsive
- the image of the district must be improved
We do not believe that we can respond to these challenges by modifying
the traditional public education structure. The time has come for dramatic
restructuring and reform.
A new educational structure is required that:
- is built on the relationship between the teacher and the student;
- is decentralized and features shared decision-making;
- is focused on performance, not compliance;
- requires a common core of academic subjects for all students.
As a Board, we have developed the following outline of our vision for an
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