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great people, good benefits, good work environment, never boring

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

I have been working at Austin ISD

Pros

vacation days and holidays awesome
friendly people
decent compensation

Cons

not compensated as well as private sector

Advice to ManagementAdvice

top management gives little attention/advice from technology experts about major tech purchases and vision for IT

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Austin ISD

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    My overall experience has been good

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Austin ISD

    Pros

    Get to work with a lot good young adults
    Faculty is great

    Cons

    Salary is poor, for the work teachers do during the school year. It's 50 hour week or more job.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A terrible organization for which to work

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    Former Employee - Instructional Specialist  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Instructional Specialist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin ISD

    Pros

    Austin is a fantastic city in which to live. There are many schools, so locations can be selected close to one's preferred teaching area.

    Cons

    The administrators, perhaps well intentioned, are not very helpful or effective. The way in which administrators treat degreed professionals is completely out of line with anything I have encountered in the private sector. A great deal of school decisions take place in closed-door meetings without soliciting the input of teachers. Much of AISD seems to be about teaching to the TAKS test. Administrators seem only to really care about their schools passing the State test and, therefore, teach to the middle group of students. The very low-level students and the very high-level students are given little to no consideration so that the focus can be on the larger middle group of students who will pass the State test and give the schools an acceptable testing rating.
    Worksheets and outdated pedagogy are prevalent in classrooms. Often times, administrators with very little classroom experience are promoted to principal and vice principal positions. Many of them lack the skills needed to direct a campus filled with degreed professionals.

    The Administrators in the Central Office are uninspiring, lack imagination, and seem to be only concerned with sounding good and looking good when they interface with district employees. As a whole, they are quite unimpressive. Sadly, they possess very little creativity or inspiration.

    The few bright and inspiring administrators that I encountered did not seem to last long in the schools as they (rightfully) chose not to focus the massive amount of school resources and teacher efforts on worksheets and prepping students solely to pass a test.

    Sadly, in AISD the TAKS is the singular focus of schools; everything else takes a backseat while students drown in worksheets, test prep efforts, and ill-advised school administrators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat teachers with something more than derision. Stop promoting administrators who have little classroom experience. The school focus is only about passing the TAKS test.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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