HISD superintendent makes state of schools speech

Published On: Feb 01 2013 01:17:56 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2013 05:50:01 PM CST

More than 2,000 students, educators and community leaders gathered in downtown Houston Friday at the Hilton Americas Hotel for the 2013 Houston Independent School District State of the Schools Address.

"We are here today to see the beginning of the future of education," Superintendent Terry Grier said. "No longer can we think about education in the manner in which we experienced it. It's a whole new world and we are part of leading it."

Grier said HISD student achievement reached record levels in 2012. The district was rewarded by being named a finalist for the Board Prize for Urban Education for the first time in a decade. Those achievements include:

"There is more to be done," Grier said. "Our focus is on becoming great all over. It’s a powerful mindset that’s being embedded in every facet of our district."