Austin ISD

Quick Facts

83,000+ students 12,000 employees 130 schools

Dr. Anthony Mays

Austin ISD has 83,000+ students and 12,000 employees at 130 schools that span 230 square miles of Central Texas. Nearly 60 percent of AISD students are Hispanic and 58 percent are economically disadvantaged. The district’s vision is to reinvent the urban school experience.

The AISD class of 2015 had an all-time high graduation rate of 89.7 percent, up more than 15 percentage points since 2008. Additionally, all student groups posted significant gains over the prior year.

AISD students continue to perform well on the SAT and ACT. Their most recent scores exceeded averages for the state and nation, a trend that they have sustained since 2013. Our students are also proving themselves ready for college and career. Last year, 65 percent of our graduating class enrolled in college within a year of graduation, and high school students completed nearly 3,000 industry licensures and certifications.

The district’s placement on the Seventh Annual AP District Honor Roll showcases our students’ proficiency in advanced academics. AISD is one of only 23 school districts in Texas being honored by the College Board with this distinction. Our students made these achievements while marking an attendance rate of 95.4 percent—the highest in 22 years.

AISD’s key focus areas are three fold:

1) preparing all students for college, career and life

2) creating an effective, agile and responsive organization

3) creating vibrant relationships for successful students and schools

Within these goals, the district is placing specific importance on equity, literacy, Social and Emotional Learning and closing achievement gaps.

Dr. Anthony Mays is the Interim Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, serving more than 83,000 students and 12,000 employees. Dr. Mays guides the district in realizing the vision to reinvent the urban school experience.


Dr. Anthony Mays

Anthony Mays is the interim superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, serving more than 74,000 students and 10,000 employees. Dr. Mays is a Huston-Tillotson graduate and the first African-American man to lead the district. 

Dr. Anthony Mays has more than 20 years of experience as an education professional. He has served as a classroom teacher, principal and administrator. His most recent appointment prior to joining Austin ISD was senior director of schools for the Harris County Department of Education. He has worked in Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD, beginning his career at Pflugerville ISD as a special education teacher.

Mays has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Huston-Tillotson University and a Master of Education from Texas State University. He received his doctorate in education from Tarleton State University. Dr. Mays is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Downtown and University of Houston-Lone Star College Kingwood.

Active in his community, he serves as vice chairman of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Central Office Commission.