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Student performance rates high in criteria used to evaluate Houston ISD chief Terry Grier
Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011, 04:10PM CST
By Lynn Walsh
Improving student dropout rates, increasing college readiness and improving the public’s confidence in the school system are some of the criteria used to evaluate the top official at the Houston school system.

In the Houston Independent School District, the top official, Superintendent Terry Grier, is evaluated by the board of trustees.

For Grier, most of the criteria he is evaluated on focus on increasing student achievement. Specifically, trustees evaluate his effectiveness at improving dropout rates, increasing the number of students taking and scoring high on Advanced Placement exams and preparing students for college, according to HISD.

View the complete appraisal HISD trustees use to evaluate Grier here.

The school board most recently evaluated Grier several months ago. HISD released the criteria used in his evaluation to Texas Watchdog following a request under state public records laws.
About 30 percent of HISD’s Class of 2009 failed to graduate, according to a 2010 district report, with a dropout rate that year of just under 16 percent -- a figure that HISD has worked to decrease over the past few years.

Grier arrived at HISD in September 2009. He had previously headed the San Diego, Calif., public schools.

Under Texas law, the evaluations completed by trustees are not considered public information but the criteria used to evaluate a superintendent are. Those criteria are approved by the board of trustees.

Other categories in which Grier is evaluated are improving the quality of teachers and principals, providing a safe environment, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of district management, improving the public’s support and confidence in HISD schools and his ability to create a positive district culture.

How would you evaluate Terry Grier based on these criteria? Texas Watchdog wants to hear from you. Contact Lynn Walsh,, 713-228-2850 or on Twitter @LWalsh. For the latest Houston school news, follow #HISD on Twitter.
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