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 State Ratings

 
School districts and campuses in Texas are evaluated under the state's accountability system, which is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Accountability ratings are assigned to every district and campus in the Texas public education system each year. 
 
The accountability ratings system assigns a rating (Met Standard, Improvement Required, or Not Rated) based on campus or district performance in four indices:
  • Student Achievement
    Measures campus and district performance on satisfactory student achievement combined over all subjects for all students. (What is the overall percent passing?) 
  • Student Progress
    Measures student progress by subject and by student demographic groups. (Are students moving forward and making progress each year?) 
  • Closing Performance Gaps
    Emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the two lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups. Groups are identified by campus or district and are based upon prior year assessment results. (Are the lowest performing student groups making gains in their achievement?)
  • Post-Secondary Readiness
    Emphasizes the role of elementary and middle schools in preparing students for the rigors of high school, and the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military. (Are students being satisfactorily prepared for the next grade level or course [elementary] or for their postsecondary pathways [secondary]?)
The index framework of the performance rating system allows for flexibility within the construction and indicators included within each index from year to year. Therefore, campus or district performance from one year to the next may vary based upon changes to construction of an index within the accountability ratings system.
 
In order to receive a "Met Standard" rating, a campus or district must meet the state's target in Index 3 and Index 4, and must also meet the state's target in either Index 1 or Index 2. 
 

System Safeguards 
 
In addition, this system applies System Safeguards to ensure that district or campus performance in each subject and student group is addressed independently of the four indices, which aggregate performance data. If a campus or district does not meet the specified target for any one or more of multiple System Safeguards, these areas must be addressed within the campus or district improvement plan.
 

Distinction Designations 
 
Also, the accountability ratings system awards Distinction Designations to campuses based upon performance in comparison to a group of 40 very similar campuses across Texas. (Campus Comparison Groups are selected based upon similarities in campus type, size, and student demographics.) In order to be eligible for a Distinction Designation, a campus must first receive a "Met Standard" rating based upon the four indices. Distinction designations available in 2014 include:
  • Top 25% in Student Progress
    Awarded for outstanding academic performance in student progress. The campus achieved within the top quartile of performance on Index 2: Student Progress in relation to its campus comparison group.
  • Top 25% in Closing Performance Gaps
    Awarded for outstanding academic performance in closing student achievement gaps within lowest-performing student groups. The campus achieved within the top quartile of performance on Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps in relation to its campus comparison group.
  • Post-Secondary Readiness (also available to districts)
    Awarded for outstanding academic performance in attainment of postsecondary readiness. Elementary/middle schools must achieve within the top quartile on a single measure of performance on Index 4: Post-secondary readiness in relation to their campus comparison groups. High schools must achieve within the top quartile in relation to their campus comparison groups on 33% or more of their eligible measures in post-secondary readiness. A district must achieve at least 70% of its available campus level indicators within the top quartile.
  • Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts
    Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in reading/English language arts. The campus achieved within the top quartile in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/middle schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in reading/ELA.
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
    Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in mathematics.The campus achieved within the top quartile in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/middle schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in mathematics.
  • Academic Achievement in Science
    Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in science.The campus achieved within the top quartile in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/middle schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in science.
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies
    Awarded for outstanding academic achievement in social studies.The campus achieved within the top quartile in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/middle schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in social studies.

 
 

 
For TEA's one-page accountability system summary, visit https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2016/accountability_rating_system.pdf   
 
To view TEA's explanatory video, please visit http://youtu.be/cbEgrdijuc8
 
For the most current, complete information on Texas accountability, visit the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/. Prior year state ratings information may also be accessed on the TEA website.
 
 

 
Last Modified on October 10, 2016
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