Richardson Independent School District (RISD) is a school district based in Richardson, Texas (USA).
RISD covers 38.5 square miles (100 km2) and serves most of the city of Richardson and portions of the cities of Dallas and Garland (60 percent of RISD is in North Dallas, with 35 percent in Richardson and 5 percent in Garland). RISD operates 55 campuses that serve more than 36,000 students. Including administration and support, RISD maintains 70 facilities covering more than 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) with 35,000,000 square feet (3,300,000 m2) of grounds.
The district was founded in 1854. At the time it provided education for children of local farmers, small business owners and settlers around the railroad just outside Dallas, TX. In recent times RISD has been rated as "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency for many years in a row. RISD is the largest, most racially and socioeconomically diverse district in Texas to receive a rating this high. In 2010 the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) added 22 RISD schools to the TBEC Honor Roll. RISD and Houston ISD leads the state in schools named to the Honor Roll. Only 252 public schools out of 8,000 in Texas were named to the TBEC Honor Roll, placing those 22 RISD schools in the top 4% of Texas public schools.
In 2007 a report stated that, due to new development and older residents, certain areas of RISD faced student decreases. The removal of some low income apartment complexes contributed to the losses.
In a period until 2009, Richardson ISD's student body transitioned from a mostly white and affluent student body to a racially and socioeconomically diverse student body. In 2009 the State of Texas defined "college readiness," or readiness to undergo university studies, of high school graduates by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. During that year the district's high schools consistently had high college readiness rates. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that "Richardson school district leaders credit the strong showing at their high schools to attitude -- a refusal to accept poor performance based on changing demographics."