The AISD Department of Research and Evaluation is charged with evaluating federal, state, and locally- funded programs in the Austin Independent School District. DRE works with program staff throughout the district to design and carry out formative and summative program evaluations. The evaluations report objectively on program implementation and outcomes, and serve to inform program staff, decision makers, and planners in the district. DPE also responds to information needs at all levels.
DRE also coordinates research requests with external agencies, such as universities and governmental organizations. DRE also conducts annual surveys of district employees, students, and families. Finally, DPE routinely handles internal data requests and ad hoc research projects for district administrators and decision makers.