The Dallas County Economic Mobility awards celebrate bold, students-first policies in public education that result in success among students experiencing economic disadvantage. Garland ISD is one of three recipients of the 2023 awards.
A recipient of the inaugural 2023 Dallas County Economic Mobility Awards, Garland Independent School District, the second-largest district in Dallas County, stands as a beacon of innovation and commitment to creating economic mobility for its students.
With over 52,000 students, 72 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged, GISD has undertaken strategic measures that set it apart as a regional leader.
Garland has particularly excelled in qualifying for college, career and military readiness (CCMR) outcomes funding from the state. This funding rewards districts for each student who enrolls in a postsecondary institution, completes an industry approved credential or enlists in the military by the fall after graduation. GISD earns state college, career and military readiness outcomes funding at a level that is almost twice the percentage achieved by its Dallas County peer school districts.
Fueling this funding has been Garland ISD’s leadership in the county on the percentage of students receiving industry certifications. This reflects the district's commitment to equipping students with skills and qualifications that directly align with workforce demands, enhancing students’ employability upon graduation.
The district has taken a holistic approach to diverse educational opportunities. By introducing early college and P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) offerings at every comprehensive high school, GISD ensures students have access to specialized programs that prepare them for college and careers from an early stage.
Garland also leads the county with 24 percent of current seniors acquiring 15 or more hours each of college credit. This is a significant accomplishment, considering that students with such college attainment in high school are three times more likely to complete post-secondary credentials than students who graduate without college credit hours. GISD's focus on college readiness empowers students to pursue higher education with a head start.
Garland ISD's multifaceted approach to preparing students for success underscores its dedication to creating economic mobility for students, especially those facing economic challenges. By implementing innovative high school programs, emphasizing industry certifications and promoting early college credit attainment, GISD is transforming the North Texas educational landscape and providing students the tools to succeed in a competitive world.