The Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized Leander ISD at its State of Education Awards, lauding the district’s area-best
college readiness rate. A full 85% of LISD’s 2020 graduates were college, career or military ready as defined by the state’s accountability data, a remarkable 22 points higher than the state average.

“This honor reflects the work and dedication of thousands of educators across our district and it rightfully belongs to them,” Superintendent Bruce Gear, Ed.D., said. “That said, we want the number to be 100 percent, so we will continue working towards that goal each and every year because our students and community deserve it.”

We’ve marked a districtwide goal of having 90% of our graduates college, career or military ready by 2025. Digging deeper into the latest available data, 83% of our students receiving special education services hit the mark, while 69% of our economically disadvantaged students did so.

“There’s always room for improvement and as a continuous improvement district, that continues to be our focus,” Chief Academic Officer Matt Bentz said. “How can we better connect with students at all stages of their academic journey to help them realize their full potential? That’s what drives us as we look to improve on these numbers and take special care to focus on higher-need groups of students.”

We continue to make progress toward House Bill 3 (HB 3) proficiency plans and goals specific to early childhood reading, mathematics, and college, career, and military readiness. House Bill 3 requires the Board of Trustees of each school district to adopt and post on the district’s website early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency plans, as well as college, career, and military readiness plans, that set specific annual goals over the course of five school years.