Strategic goals

An exceptional education has long been the focus of our district. Our top responsibility is to provide a rigorous, innovative educational experience that prepares all students for college and careers, along with developing meaningful relationships between schools, families and the community in a safe and secure environment.

With this in mind, the Garland ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. López have created specific objectives to establish and define district academic targets.

The work of the board and the district will continue as departments and campuses collaborate to develop action plans and data reporting steps. As these efforts advance and data points are collected, updates will be provided and shared so that progress on key performance indicators can be monitored. 

Goal and objectives through 2024-25 

Goal statement: Garland ISD will ensure ALL students graduate prepared for college, careers and life by increasing student performance measures, postsecondary readiness, and graduation rates and decreasing student management incidences.

Ten objectives have been identified to achieve this goal. Expand each objective below for details or download the Print Version-Student Achievement Quick Reference Scorecard (PDF).

Objective A: Early Literacy (Reading)

Goal=90% by 2025

Percent of students in grade 3 demonstrating early literacy as measured by Meets Grade Level performance on STAAR Reading.

Current performance: 48.2%
2018-19 target: 54%


Objective B: Early Literacy (Writing)

Goal=70% by 2025

Percent of students in grade 4 demonstrating early literacy as measured by Meets Grade Level performance on STAAR Writing.

Current performance: 37.3%
2018-19 target: 42%


Objective C: English Language Acquisition

Goal=76% by 2025

Percent of ELL students demonstrating English language acquisition, as measured by yearly progress indicator on the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).

Current performance: 55.8%
2018-19 target: 58%


Objective D: Scientific Understanding

Goal=80% by 2025

Percent of students in grade 8 demonstrating scientific understanding as measured by Meets Grade Level performance on STAAR Science.

Current performance: 43.8%
2018-19 target: 47%


Objective E: Mathematical Proficiency

Goal=90% by 2025

Percent of students demonstrating mathematical proficiency as measured by Meets Grade Level performance by the end of grade 9 on STAAR Algebra I EOC.

Current performance: 52.8%
2018-19 target: 57%


Objective F: Post-secondary Readiness (SAT Exams)

Percent of students demonstrating postsecondary readiness exam success, as measured by meeting college ready benchmarks through 11th grade SAT School Day.

Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Goal=70% by 2025

Current performance: 50%
2018-19 target: 52%






Mathematics Goal=50% by 2025

Current performance: 24%
2018-19 target: 25%



Objective G: Post-secondary Readiness (AP Exams)

Goal=45% by 2025

Percent of AP exams with qualifying criterion scores.

Current performance: 28.1%
2018-19 target: 30%



Objective H: Post-secondary Readiness (Coursework)

Goal=95% by 2025

Percent of students participating in coursework in preparation for college and/or careers.

Current performance: 88.7%
2018-19 target: 90%

Objective I: Student Management

Goal=35% by 2025

Percent of student management incidents resulting in exclusionary consequences.

Current performance: 52.1%
2018-19 target: 50%


Objective J: Graduation Outcomes

Percent of students successfully completing graduation and College & Career Ready (CCR) and/or College, Career, Military Ready (CCM‐R) requirements.

Graduation Rate Goal=95% by 2025

Current performance: 91.7%
2018-19 target: 92.3%







CCR/CCM-R Graduates Goal=85% by 2025

Current performance: 67.5%
2018-19 target: 69%

Mission, vision and values



The Garland Independent School District exists as a diverse community with a shared vision that serves to provide an exceptional education to all its students.


Reaching the future by driving excellence, one student at a time.


  • We believe every student can learn.
  • We know every student deserves our best.
  • We value and celebrate all cultures.
  • We respect all students, families, staff and communities.
  • We demonstrate ethical behavior.

Education Transforms Lives.