Congratulations to the Houston ISD for winning the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education! The Broad Prize is awarded annually to urban districts that improve overall student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. HISD was recognized for outperforming other Texas districts serving similar percentages of low-income students, and for narrowing achievement gaps among low-income and Hispanic students. Perhaps most notable, HISD improved its graduation rate at twice the rate of other urban districts nationally. This is not the first win for HISD; the district won the first Broad Prize in 2002. As the winner of the 2013 prize, HISD will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for high school seniors.

This year’s runners up include Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina, the San Diego Unified School District and Corona-Norco Unified School District, both in California.