Irving ISD was proud to be honored as a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). The award was officially presented to Irving ISD officials during the association’s Administration & Supervision Division meeting and General Session at the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on November 17.

More than 1,200 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation they met from the 14-point rubric over the 2021-2022 school year. 

Only 68 districts met the standards and received the outstanding honor of District of Distinction, indicating they are in the top 5.5 percent in art education of districts in the state.

The Visual Art Administrators of Texas, a division of TAEA, recognizes districts with outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community. TAEA aims to identify districts that are actively participating members in areas such as Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), Junior VASE, Texas Elementary Art Meet (TEAM), etc. The organization also looks at field experiences, community service and community exhibitions, to name a few, as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.