The Aldine Independent School District (AISD) has 67,000 students (PreK-12) and 9,500 employees. As of fall 2020, AISD has 82 campuses encompassing 111 square miles. Families have educational choices in AISD, including early childhood, IB® World schools, magnet schools, early college, and career and technical education campuses.
AISD is comprised of nearly 90% economically disadvantaged students, 35% English learners, 73% are Hispanic and 22% are African American. Families and students speak more than 10 languages.
Since taking the helm in July 2018, AISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney has developed several new initiatives to offer parents and students more educational options and increase student outcomes. In the fall of 2018, AISD rolled out a 3-year-old prekindergarten pilot. In addition, AISD launched a two-way dual language immersion program at five campuses in 2019. It will grow a grade level each year until becoming a full K-12 continuum. AISD is also proud of launching the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Model at two elementary campuses in order to increase student outcomes through realigning resources and support to ensure: effective principals and teachers; instructional excellence, extended school day, social-emotional supports, and parent and community partnerships. Finally, AISD opened the Avalos P-TECH School and partnered with EMERGE Fellowship and the Harris County Promise Scholar program to increase college readiness and access to top colleges and universities.
In addition to two high schools making U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings in 2020, AISD also made the College Board’s AP® Honor Roll for the first time.
Beginning in fall 2020, the District will offer students expanded AP options and access to additional dual credit courses. Additionally, AISD is committed to continuing to build its advanced academics pipeline by identifying more students at younger grade levels to nurture. AISD is also redesigning its alternative high school to provide additional wrap-around services to further support students’ ability to graduate in a timely manner.
The District continues to look for ways to expand access and improve student performance. This includes developing magnet schools in every area of AISD, strengthening the IB® program and launching a new-comer academy to accelerate language development and increase student achievement. Aldine is exploring opportunities to create a Young Women’s Leadership Academy and a Male Leadership Academy. These academies, which will open within the next two years, are aimed at providing students with a dynamic and unparalleled educational experience that leads to expanded choices and opportunities upon graduation. Dr. Goffney and District leaders are currently working on the Black Student Outcomes Project to develop strategies and interventions to close gaps and provide social-emotional skills and other supports to increase student outcomes and college preparedness.
July 2019 marked the launch of the District’s new five-year strategic plan, A New Way Forward. The dynamic plan ensures that AISD will continue to dramatically increase access to highly-rated schools, choices and opportunities that prepare all students for their future. AISD’s top priorities are to transform how educators serve students and show that improvement is possible for any school, regardless of its location or who it serves.
The District’s five strategic priorities include Student Achievement, School Culture, Mission-Driven Leadership, Organizational Efficiency, and Community Engagement and Outreach. The strategic plan has, and will continue to, drive all new partnerships, such as with Good Reason Houston and Houston Endowment, and initiatives launched since fall 2019. Within the first year of its inception, Dr. Goffney began to address teacher training to strategically target identified needs. She also placed an emphasis on leadership development in order to begin building capacity at all levels within the organization. Along with her leadership team, she has created the Aspiring Principal, Aspiring Assistant Principal, First-Year Principals and First-Year Assistant Principal academies to develop a pipeline of current and future AISD leaders.
In 2019, The Holdsworth Center selected AISD as one of six Texas school districts to participate in the center’s second cohort of a five-year leadership program. As part of the partnership, Holdsworth is working with AISD to train administrative leaders and codify systems for identifying and selecting future high-level district leaders.
Other significant investments include establishing the Office of Transformation, developing a Family and Community Engagement Department, and creating the Social-Emotional Learning Office. In addition, AISD will implement a newly-developed literacy program starting in fall 2020. These bold changes will target instruction to improve students’ reading skills to ensure third-grade students read on or above grade level. Aldine is proud to be the first school district in Texas to move to this cutting edge literacy model.
Equity for all students continues to drive Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney and her leadership team. They are committed to increasing access to high-quality schools, demonstrating what is possible and ensuring students have choices and opportunities today and in the future.