Board of Education
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is governed by The Board of Education, which is made up of nine trustees representing districts across HISD. The board is responsible for setting policy for the district, overseeing the budget, and setting/monitoring student outcome goals. Each Trustee serves a four-year term and is elected by the citizens of their district. The board meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month, and every meeting is open to the public. To learn more about the board, visit its website.
Mission: The Board of Education’s mission is to equitably educate the whole child so that every student graduates with the tools to reach their full potential.
Vision: Every child shall have equitable opportunities and equal access to an effective and personalized education in a nurturing and safe environment. Our students will graduate as critical thinkers and problem solvers; they will know and understand how to be successful in a global society.
- The board serves 278 schools and 209,023 students.
- Of those students, almost 75% are economically disadvantaged.
- About 100 languages are spoken by students across HISD.
- The board manages a budget of about $1.9 billion.
- Elections for the school board happen every odd year, rotating between the east districts and the west districts.
Student Outcome Goals
- The percentage of 3rd grade students performing at or above grade level in reading as measured by the Meets Grade Level Standard on STAAR will increase 8 percentage points from 42% in spring 2019 to 50% in spring 2024.
The percentage of 3rd grade students performing at or above grade level in math as measured by the Meets Grade Level Standard on STAAR will increase 8 percentage points from 46% in spring 2019 to 54% in spring 2024.
The percentage of graduates that meet the criteria for CCMR as measured in Domain 1 of the state accountability system will increase 8 percentage points from 63% for 2017–18 graduates to 71% for 2022–2023 graduates reported in 2024.
The percentage of students receiving special education services reading at or above grade level as measured by the Meets Grade Level Standard on the STAAR 3–8 Reading and STAAR EOC English I and II assessments will increase 8 percentage points from 21% in spring 2019 to 29% in spring 2024.
School Board Constraints
The Board will not conduct its duties without including students, families, teachers, and community members (inclusive of those that speak languages other than English) in a manner that inspires broad community ownership of board policy.
The Board will not support recommendations or policy that contribute to historic patterns of disproportionate discipline.
The Board will not allow five years to pass without an Equity audit, an LBB review and a SPED review.
The Board will not operate without an annual review of strengths and weaknesses and a plan for team building and Board professional development that includes anti-racist training.
The Board will spend no less than 50% of its meeting time monitoring progress on student outcome goals – starting at zero today and will be 50% by the end of the second quarter of 2022.
The Superintendent will not allow the District to operate without a system to recruit/employ strong teachers, who meet the needs of students needing the most support.
The Superintendent will not allow the District to operate without students having effective, school-based wraparound support systems.
The Superintendent will not allow the District to operate without notifying parents/guardians at least once each 12 weeks about how to help their student, if the student is one or more grade level behind in literacy.
The Superintendent will not allow the District to operate without students receiving special education services meeting IEP progress.
The Superintendent shall not allow the District to operate without significantly increasing quality seats for early childhood education, including prekindergarten 3, prekindergarten 4, and kindergarten.