At its meeting in December, the Irving ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pursue District of Innovation (DOI) status. This designation grants high-performing school districts like Irving ISD the opportunity to create a local innovation plan with more flexible options, including some exemptions from state regulations previously offered only to charter schools.
Irving ISD, like all public school districts in Texas, has received its “work-in-progress” report from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), showing the “what if” ratings each school would receive IF the state’s new A-F rating system were in place. As TEA Commissioner Mike Morath has made clear, the system is still a work in progress as the calculations used to determine the letter ratings will likely continue to change up until the official A-F ratings are released in August 2018, reflecting performance for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, and to see the “what if” ratings for Irving ISD schools, click to read more. Under the state’s CURRENT accountability system, Irving ISD and all schools have earned the state’s highest ranking, Met Standard.
Evergreen Packaging named Brandenburg Elementary School among its winners of the 2016 Made by Milk Construction Contest. A team of 38 fifth-graders submitted their aviation project consisting of eight model aircrafts made of 1,244 milk and juice cartons.
Nimitz, Irving and MacArthur High School received enhancements to their fine arts and athletic facilities, and the district celebrated with special grand opening ceremonies to unveil the renovations and additions.
On November 2, the district hosted an official dedication ceremony and recognized the center’s namesake, Elise Walker, for 42 years of service as a former Irving ISD teacher.
Irving ISD surprised longtime supporters of district athletics, Joy and Ralph Elllis, by renaming the Irving Schools Stadium in their honor.
In its commitment to provide parents and families with education and information on alcohol and drug trends, Irving ISD held the “Families Uniting for Success: Alcohol and Drug Awareness Summit 2016” on October 27.
Team Irving gathered October 25 to celebrate its 2016 Teachers of the Year. The honorees represented a breadth of experience and specialties and together made up a total of 409 years of teaching experience.
Irving ISD earned 41 Distinction Designations awarded by the Texas Education Agency for student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). That number is an increase of four over 2015.
Irving ISD and all 33 campuses that are rated achieved the rating of Met Standard in the 2016 state accountability ratings released last week by the Texas Education Agency.
Irving ISD was named a top digital school district by the Center for Digital Education for our use of innovative technologies such as the 1:1 laptop initiative, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction.
2016 Total Tax Rate (no change)
The Irving ISD adopted a total tax rate that will raise the same taxes as last year’s rate. The total tax rate will effectively be changed by 0.00 percent and will raise taxes on a $100,000 home by approximately $00.00.
Interest and Sinking Tax Rate
The Irving ISD Board of Trustees adopted an ordinance that will decrease taxes for interest and sinking by 13 cents if the voters approve a Tax Ratification Election. In that case, the interest and sinking tax rate will effectively be decreased by approximately 32.1 percent and will decrease taxes for debt service on a $100,000 home by approximately $97.50, or -$97.50.
Maintenance and Operations Tax Rate [tex. Tax code § 26.05(b)(2)(a)&b]
Irving ISD adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 13.7 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $97.50.
Irving ISD was named the 2015 National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year for expanding student access to AP courses and improving AP Exam performance.
$22.5 million in scholarships were award to students in 2015. 137 scholars were awarded scholarships through The Irving Schools Foundation.
It is the policy of the Irving Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Es norma de Irving Independent School District no discriminar por motivos de raza, edad, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Schools and district offices will be closed January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 17 is a student holiday, and classes will resume January 18.