GISD schools rated as some of the state’s finest

Five Garland ISD campuses have been honored as some of the state’s highest-performing schools. Austin, Hillside, Kimberlin and Walnut Glen Academies for Excellence, as well as Watson Technology Center for Math and Science, attained 2017 Met Standard ratings and earned all possible distinction designations—a feat just about 5.5 percent of Texas schools achieved.

“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said Commissioner of Education and GISD alumnus Mike Morath.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awards distinction designations to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 schools of similar type, size and student demographics. The number of potential distinctions can vary depending on campus grade levels and type. A school can earn a max of seven, which range from academic achievements to postsecondary readiness factors.

GISD's quintet joins more than 400 campuses statewide to reach this superior status. Visit the TEA’s website to see a full list of honorees.