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TTUISD Becomes TTU K-12
by Justin R Louder, Ed.D., Associate Vice Provost
Texas Tech University has a long history of serving K-12 students and their parents. In 1993, the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education/Texas Education Agency established Texas Tech University High School as a "Special Purpose School District" and then, in 1998, Texas Tech added the kindergarten through 8th grade program. Over the past 20 years, TTUISD has served thousands of students and parents throughout Texas, the United States, and internationally.
Approximately nine months ago, leadership from Texas Tech University and TTUISD started to analyze enrollment trends and evaluate the overall online/distance K-12 marketplace. During this process, we conducted online surveys and phone interviews of current and former TTUISD students and parents as well as teachers and counselors within our own network and of other school systems that we serve. We took a comprehensive look at the TTUISD program in general in comparison with current trends and practices in the online K-12 market.
After completing this research, the school's administrators have made the decision to rename TTUISD to TTU K-12. This new name better aligns with the K-12 distance/online marketplace and will help Texas Tech to recruit, retain and support students.
This change will not affect our staff, students or parents. Students will have the same teachers, while our staff and advisors will continue to work with the same students per their same academic plan. The only change students will notice with this rebrand is a name change. However, in the coming weeks, we will be launching an enhanced website with greater functionality and an updated online course catalog. Additionally, the curriculum team is working to include new collaborative tools in our online classes to give the TTU K-12 students increased access to their teachers and peers enrolled in the classes. All of these changes will allow our students and teachers to have a stronger and more robust support system.
If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact one of our principals, or Dr. James Taliaferro, Superintendent of TTU K-12, or me.
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