A focus on student data is the core of the Preparing to Dream initiative.

To develop their pilot plans, school districts assembled teams consisting of district officials, principals, teachers, parents and students to analyze student achievement data, college-going rates and trends, district demographics and current college access programs.

Teams were assisted by nationally recognized data coaches and core team coaches of Texas educational leaders. Data was used to identify problems, establish priorities, and develop implementation plans for three-year initiatives aimed at improving student outcomes and transforming district culture.

Starting in 2008, district teams began putting these plans into action. Read more about them here: