New to Texas?

The state of Texas has more than 1,200 independent school districts supervised by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local school boards. An elected school board oversees each district, not city or county officials as in some areas. TEA provides leadership, guidance and resources so schools can meet the educational needs of all students. Texas does not participate in the Common Core State Standards and has its own state standardized assessments called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) . In 2012, NISD parents, community members, students, parents, staff, and administrators identified community values and proposed measures of success in NISD. In June 2013, the NISD Board of Trustees passed the Community-Based Accountability (CBA) Measures of Success . CBA measures student achievement in areas including SAT/ACT scores, internships, college scholarships, dual credit courses, volunteer and community outreach, community partnerships, and more. To view this information, go to NISD’s Community Dashboard . As a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium , NISD strives to transform education so that all Texas students are future ready.

If you are moving to Texas from another state, it is important to take a look at the immunization requirements before beginning the enrollment process. Texas requires vaccines that may not be required in other states. Additionally, please note ages of eligibility for prek is four-years-old, and ages of eligibility for kindergarten is five-years-old on or before September 1 of the current school year. TEA requires children under 11 to provide a certified copy of their birth certificate for first-time enrollment. Please bring the student’s social security card if you plan to list the social security number on enrollment documents.

To begin enrollment in Northwest ISD and learn more, click here. Other helpful links to get your public education experience in Texas started successfully are listed below:

Texas Education Agency website

My Texas Public School website

Friends of Texas Public Schools website

Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment website