Accreditation is a process where educational institutions are certified as achieving minimum standards of quality. 

District accreditation

Per Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.052(b) and (c), the Commissioner of Education is annually required to assign an accreditation status, or rating, to school districts. There are four accreditation ratings: 

Texas Education Agency (TEA) recognizes the district as a public school that meets the accreditation standards.

District exhibits deficiencies in academic performance and/or financial accountability for two consecutive school years. If deficiencies are not addressed, continued deficiencies will lead to probation or revocation of accreditation.

District exhibits deficiencies in academic performance and/or financial accountability for three consecutive school years. These deficiencies must be addressed to avoid revocation of accreditation.

Not Accredited-Revoked
TEA does not recognize the district as a Texas public school because the district failed to meet accreditation standards for four or more consecutive school years.

2019-2020 Garland ISD rating: Accredited

Academic performance and financial accountability information that contributed to GISD's accredited rating is provided below:

Academic Performance or Financial Accountabillity System Earned by Year
YearFIRST RatingAccountability Rating
2019 A-SuperiorB
2017A-SuperiorMet Standard
2016A-SuperiorMet Standard
2015PassMet Standard
2014Superior AchievementMet Standard
2013Superior AchievementMet Standard
2012Superior AchievementN/A*
2011Superior AchievementAcademically Acceptable
2010Superior AchievementRecognized
2009Superior AchievementRecognized

 *Due to the implementation of the STAAR assessment program and a new state accountability system, accountability ratings were not issued for the 2011-2012 school year.

High school accreditation

All of GISD's high schools have active accreditation status valid through June 2020 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

Accreditation is based on requirements established by Cognia (formerly AdvancED), the world's largest education community serving public and private educational institutions across the globe.

The accreditation process is a voluntary method of quality assurance designed to distinguish schools that follow a common set of educational standards and includes rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating institutional effectiveness in such areas as educational programs, cultural contexts and community stakeholders.

For additional information visit Cognia’s website.

Contact us

For more information about district and campus accreditation, contact:

Research, Assessment & Accountability