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Community & Student Engagement Accountability System
(Local Accountability)

 
In addition to the accountability results based on assessment data, under the requirements of House Bill 5 (83rd Texas Legislature), each Texas school district was required to evaluate each campus and the district on nine measures beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. These measures and the resulting ratings comprise the Community & Student Engagement Accountability System, or Local Accountability. These ratings allow each campus and the district the opportunity to showcase a broader perspective of services and supports available to learners, families, and the community beyond state standardized assessments. 
 
 

Local Accountability - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Why did we develop a local accountability system?
House Bill 5, which was enacted by the 83rd Legislature, required each school district to evaluate the district's performance and the performance of each campus in the district in community and student engagement and compliance, and assign the district and each campus a performance rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable for both overall performance and each evaluation factor in specific categories of performance. In addition a yes or no rating must be assigned for compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.  
 
How was the local accountability system developed?
As specified by House Bill 5, "a district shall use criteria developed by a local committee."  Each district was asked to develop their own system to incorporate ratings in the required categories. With input from Region 10 Education Service Center, TASA, and other districts around the state, we developed a framework of the categories. We then called upon our District Improvement and Planning Committee (DIPC) to serve as that local committee to ensure that our community values were reflected in the indicators identified and developed under the specified categories of performance. The DIPC members were asked to bring community members to serve on the local committee as well. That committee was divided into the eight required categories of performance in order to discuss and recommend indicators to be developed within the framework for each category. 
 
How were ratings assigned?
Principals used the rubrics developed from the local committee to complete a spreadsheet that specified measures for each identified indicator and allowed principals to enter specific examples of evidence of success on that indicator. Based upon the specified measures for each indicator within a category, principals identified their campus performance as exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable. Ratings for each indicator within a category were then averaged for an overall category rating. Finally, ratings for each category were averaged in order to determine an overall campus local accountability rating.  District ratings represent the aggregated and averaged ratings of the performance of all campuses in the district.
 
How will the local accountability ratings be reported?
The district and campus ratings on all eight performance and the compliance categories will be reported in our regular required summer submission to the Texas Education Agency through the PEIMS data system. In addition, the district and campus ratings as well as the rubrics utilized for each indicator and category will be posted to the Accountability website by August 8, 2014, in accordance with statute (TEC 39.0545). 
 

 
 
Last Modified on June 20, 2016
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