News and Announcements

Accountability Ratings Released

The Texas Education Agency released new accountability ratings for districts and campuses on August 15, 2018. For the first time ever, they gave districts a letter grade of A-F.

Giddings ISD received an overall rating of "B." Campuses were either rated Met Standard or Improvement Required. All of the GISD campuses received the "Met Standard" rating. In addition to these ratings, Giddings High School received seven distinctions and Giddings Middle School received four distinctions for areas in which they excelled.

The TEA Commissioner, Mike Morath, is promoting this new accountability system as a simple way to provide feedback to the public on how public schools are performing. On the surface, it would seem that the new system is very simple. However, we have yet to find anyone outside of the Texas Education Agency that completely understands the system. If you dig deeper into the data, you will see that Commissioner Morath has actually created a system that is very complicated because it is based on thousands of different data points. Most of these data points come from STAAR test data.

We would like to see our state move away from the overemphasis and over-reliance on STAAR test data because we know the success of our students is based on much more than a test they take on one or two days per year. Therefore, we are trying to keep the new accountability system in the proper context.

We have talked to hundreds of people in our district over the last two years and asked what they want from our local schools. We have not found a single person who said they want us to produce better test takers or place a greater emphasis on the STAAR tests. Our community wants our students to be well rounded. They want students to not only have the academic skills they need but to also have the leadership and interpersonal skills needed for success. These skills are not easily taught in a test-driven educational system. Therefore, with or without an accountability system or letter grade, we are going to continue to work to improve our schools while preparing students in our community for success in the 21st Century.
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Campus Evacuation Ordered and Halted When the Campus was Deemed Secure

Giddings ISD activated its emergency response plan as a response to a suspicious package located outside of the intermediate campus on the morning of August 22, 2018. Law enforcement immediately converged on the campus and campus evacuation procedures began. It was quickly determined that the package was placed there by an employee and the building was determined to be secure. The evacuation was halted and all students and staff resumed normal procedures.

GISD would like to express its appreciation to the Giddings Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Department for their partnership with the district and quick response to this incident.

All students and staff are safe and secure.
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Student Transfer Applications

Current transfer students who wish to be considered for approval as a transfer student for the 2018-2019 school year must return the transfer application by April 30, 2018.

New transfer students who wish to be considered for approval for the 2018-2019 school year must submit the application by May 31, 2018.

Transfer applications that do not meet these timelines will not be considered. (Click the title for more details.)\
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GISD Hires Wade Griffin to be New AD / Head Football Coach

The Giddings I.S.D. Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Wade Griffin as the District’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at their meeting on March 5, 2018. Coach Griffin previously held the same position at Fort Worth Brewer High School. He has nineteen years of overall experience including experience at both the high school and college level. Coach Griffin has had coaching stops during his career at Elgin High School, Georgetown High School, Navarro Junior College, Round Rock Westwood High School, Brookshire Royal High School, Tenaha High School, and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Coach Griffin and his wife Terra, who is also a coach, have four children, three girls and one boy. They are excited about the opportunity to move back to Central Texas and becoming part of the Community of Giddings.
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