Here are the top education topics to pay attention to in the Pearland and Friendswood area.

The overview

AISD, Friendswood ISD and Pearland ISD will all have school board elections in 2024.

Both AISD and FISD will have four seats on the ballot in May, while PISD will have three, according to each school district’s website.

The filing period for candidates will open Jan. 17 and close Feb. 16, according to PISD’s website.

What else?

AISD has been growing at a rate of more than 1,000 students in each of the past several years, and projections given last year show that trend is likely to continue.

As a result of the growth, district officials are implementing new boundaries to account for two new schools set to open in 2024.

Finally, the district’s board approved in December a new citizen’s advisory committee that, among other things, could present recommendations in June for a number of items, including facility upgrades or educational programming.

Also of note

Texas was expected to release a set of new A-F accountability ratings for school districts following the release of results from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness taken in the spring.

However, a court order in October temporarily blocked the release of those results due to them being deemed potentially harmful to districts, according to court documents. That potential harm stemmed from the results likely lowering the ratings for school districts across the state.

The trial on the case is scheduled for Feb. 12, according to court documents.

In the most recent accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year, AISD received an 88, or a B, while FISD and PISD each received As, with FISD receiving a 97 and PISD receiving a 94, according to the Texas Education Agency’s website.