Michael Hinojosa, a former Dallas schools superintendent, is the lone finalist to lead the district again.
The school board is expected to make the appointment final at the end of a 21-day waiting period. He has been serving as the interim superintendent since late June.
Hinojosa previously led the Dallas schools from 2005 to 2011. He then served as the superintendent of the Cobb County, Ga., school system until May 2014. Recently, he worked as an education consultant.
Jean-Claude Brizard, a former Chicago schools CEO, will join Cross & Joftus, an education and consulting firm, as a partner and vice president.
He headed the Chicago school system from May 2011 to October 2012. Before that, he was the superintendent of the Rochester, N.Y., district. Brizard started his career in the New York City schools, where he worked as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and regional superintendent.
One possible explanation is that the state’s new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests are far more difficult, and the scores reinforce the difficulty in educating students in high-poverty areas.
A version of this article appeared in the September 23, 2015 edition of Education Week as Transitions