HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The 2013 Houston Independent School District State of the Schools Address took place Friday and more than 2,000 students, education professionals and community leaders gathered in to hear HISD Superintendent Terry Grier speak about the dynamics and accomplishments  of Houston Independent Schools.

“We are here today to see the beginning of the future of education,” Superintendent Terry Grier stated on Friday at the Hilton Americas Hotel. “No longer can we think about education in the manner in which we experienced it. It’s a whole new world and we are part of leading it,” he added.

According to Grier, student achievement reached record levels in 2012, causing HISD to be named a finalist for the Board Prize for Urban Education for the first time in a decade.

Some of HISD’s achievements include:

1. The highest graduation rate and lowest dropout rate ever for HISD under the modern accountability system.

2. A 45 percent increase in the number of college-level Advanced Placement exams passed by HISD students since 2009.

3. Students enrolled in HISD’s Apollo 20 school progressing at the same rate academically as students in America’s best charter schools.

Superintendent Grier praised HISD educators as well as the district’s professionals for their tireless efforts and also added that he is proud of HISD and its accomplishments and academic feats.


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