Got exemplary kids?

August 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

By our favorite South Austin contributor–Patti P.

Keep them accountable in smart Austin boundaries… 

I live in an exemplary school boundary in SW Austin—without looking at school ratings, this I guessed simply based on overhearing my neighbor’s elementary school kids having a serious conversation about the diminishing world rain forests and the effect this may have on the world chocolate supply.  Delivered by Andrew in a somber voice; “Catherine, I have bad news for you…we might not have chocolate ice pops much longer…”

 

Thinking about buying a home in Austin?  Want to keep your kids in smart public school boundaries?  Schools in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) are rated each year based on results from Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests.  Children in elementary and high schools are tested in the areas of reading, writing & math as well as science and social studies skills. 

 

Based on scores in all the above areas, schools then receive a rating—from highest to lowest they are: “Exemplary”, “Recognized”, “Acceptable”, or “Unacceptable”.

 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know whenever any test is administered, controversary works its way into the equation.  I figure the tests at least give us a teacher’s apple to teacher’s apple comparison which is a start–let the worm wiggle away…

 

If education is important to you, before you buy a home in the Austin Independent School District check out the AISD website to learn about school ratings and assignment areas:  http://access.austinisd.org/school_boundaries.  You can also buy a school assignment area map for $8.50 + $1.50 shipping cost from the office of student services. 

 

Because boundaries can be redrawn, if you are getting serious about a certain Austin home at a Austin certain address, call the AISD district office at 512.414.1726 to ensure that your dream home falls within exemplary or recognized school boundaries—for your children as well as resale value.  I dislike sounding so calculating, but hey, your home is probably your biggest purchase and your kids—they’re priceless.

 

School begins on August 25 for the 08-09 school year.  Set your alarm clock 20 minutes early to help beat the doubled morning traffic, pack a lunch for old times sake (for better memories leave the shells out of the egg salad), have an ice pop–preferably chocolate–for dessert and ponder the fate of the rain forests.

 

Better yet, contact your local school and inquire how you can volunteer your talents: guest speaker, mentor, lunch relief…

 

Happy exemplary school year,

Patti P.

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