Houston ISD Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
Terry B. Grier
66 Ratings

Pros
  • Great Professional Development, incredible upper level support (in 8 reviews)

  • Reasonable hours given vacation time (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, not much school level support (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor planning, lack of communication, no consistency (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Job was Okay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organized with lots of rules to follow. They had a system for everything.

    Cons

    Difficulty with discipline and classroom management

    Advice to Management

    Support


  2. Great Benefits!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits package, pay competitive, in house alternative certification program,

    Cons

    Nothing different from any other school systems e.g. disconnect between faculty and administration, last minute initiatives to be implemented all the time, Technology push, but lacks the funding to align with such goals. No pay differential for advances degrees,


  3. Teacher.

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Great opportunity to work with diverse populations and professionals of all ages and abilities..

    Cons

    Across the board pay increases instead of the current form of increase or bonus system.


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  5. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Secondary School Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Secondary School Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The everyday connections you make with the students.

    Cons

    The excessive lesson plans required by administration.

    Advice to Management

    Less tedious paperwork for the teachers!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Large school district

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HISD's salary is on par with the districts in the surrounding area. They offer lots of professional development and benefits are good.

    Cons

    It's a large district and if you teach in a STAAR grade level it can become really stressful with weekend tutorials and cramming for the test. EVAAS can be confusing to understand. Discipline is a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher emphasis on addressing the discipline issues in the classroom beginning in Pre-K and K levels so students can learn and come with the necessary skills to succeed on standardized tests.


  7. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Higher salaries than surrounding districts, competive stipends and overtime pay and great aspire bonuses based on student growth.

    Cons

    Always starting new initiatives that are not thought out throughly, and too hyper focused on data.

    Advice to Management

    My school administrators are great but the superintendent needs to make policies that focus on growing students as twenty-first century citizen.


  8. math tutor

    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    Pros

    In Mathematics the curriculum is very effective. But many students are left behind.

    Cons

    Discipline system must be reviewed


  9. good experience, bad long term employment; Jackson middle school

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    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice website, easy controls dealing with compensation package, huge district and great teachers work here.

    Cons

    Great teachers get looked over for favors, the district are choosing to get younger principals so they can control them easier and to pay them less then the seasoned vets who are not worried about the data as much. Too many scare tactics when it comes to staying employed, Ive seen to many teachers who had over 20 plus years of experience be placed on ppas which is scary for a new teacher or a teacher who has worked less than 5 years. The ideal that you place good if not great teachers on ppa plans for silly reasons is absurd.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming teachers for not being able to teach children and place the blame on the kids so the kids will step their game up, when you place blame on the teacher you empower the student with ideals it not their fault they dont get it its the teachers fault... common sense dictates that the person who has the most to gain are being crippled and cheated due to the babying of the youth. Get rid of Greer... not going to get on that subject. Please Please stop with the bs scare tactics to get rid of good teachers, you drive people to run away from the extra stress dealing with unrealistic goals... Especially in the math department, stop acting like its a isolated incident that the students fail snapshots... The whole district failed so why act like its a teacher error, its apparently a exam problem or a student problem.


  10. Associaate teacher

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    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Spring, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Spring, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    education of the youth of tomorrow helping society future Education of Children

    Cons

    No commit as my opinion change nothing within society set up in stone and already and law

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Helpful (1)

    Apollo 20 Fellowship (Math Tutor), Worthing High

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    Former Employee - Apollo 20 Fellowship (Math Tutor) Worthing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Apollo 20 Fellowship (Math Tutor) Worthing in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience Teaching, Small groups, lesson plan and activities already prepared

    Cons

    The material that you teach prior to the biweekly test has a much lower level difficulty than the test. You are teaching rather than reviewing/ refreshing the students on things they should have been taught in class The disciplinary action for non compliant or rude students is nearly none existent The Apollo program is one of the few functioning things at the school and that makes it hard to get the kids to comply and learn because they have been conditioned not to due to the lack of expectation and learning they should be receiving

    Advice to Management

    Do not use the tutors to act as a substitute, lunch duty monitors, etc. Do not use them as if they are permanent substitutes. Require school principals to Invest the millions of dollars that you get into hiring more qualified teachers and better school leadership. A poorly functioning school is usually the result of a failing system set up by the inadequate and poorly functioning administration.



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