TEA releases 2016 accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released preliminary state accountability ratings this week. Per TEA, the ratings reveal that approximately 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.

Districts, charter organizations, and the individual campuses associated with either receive one of three ratings under the state’s accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required.

The 2016 ratings are based on a system that uses a range of indicators to provide greater detail about the performance of a district or charter organization and individual campuses throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:

  • Student Achievement – Provides a snapshot of performance across all subjects
  • Student Progress – Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group
  • Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups
  • Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes 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

In order to earn a rating of Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard, a campus or district must meet the target on either Index 1: student achievement, or Index 2: student progress, plus meet the targets on Index 3 and Index 4.

School district ratings (including charter operators) by category in 2016 are as follows:

2016 RATING

DISTRICT

CHARTER

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

978

153

1,131

93.7%

Met Standard

978

123

1,101

91.2%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

30

30

2.5%

Improvement Required

44

22

66

5.5%

Not Rated

2

8

10

0.8%

TOTAL

1,024

183

1,207

100.0%

While there was a very slight uptick in the number of districts needing improvement driven in part by a 68.7% increase in the percentage of charters failing to meet standards, the number of campuses rated Improvement Required, the more important indicator, continued to decrease. From 2013 to 2016, the number of campuses rated Improvement Required has steadily dropped from 768, or 9% of all campuses, to 467, which is only 5.4% of campuses.

Campus ratings (including both ISD and charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:

2016 RATING

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

K-12

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

4,400

1,533

1,431

303

7,667

88.4%

Met Standard

4,399

1,523

1,211

288

7,421

85.6%

Met Alternative Standard

1

10

220

15

246

2.8%

Improvement Required

234

118

67

48

467

5.4%

Not Rated

66

43

286

144

539

6.2%

TOTAL

4,700

1,694

1,784

495

8,673

100.0%

For the 2015-2016 school year, the number of campuses achieving a rating of Met Standard or Met Alternative Standard increased compared to the previous years, while the number of campuses receiving a rating of Improvement Required decreased.

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

RATING

#

%

#

%

#

%

#

%

Met Standard/Alternative

7,207

84.2%

7,285

85.0%

7,476

86.5%

7,667

88.4%

Improvement Required

768

9.0%

733

8.5%

603

7.0%

467

5.4%

Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned on Aug. 15. TEA will release the final 2016 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December. Barring legislation during the upcoming legislative session that changes the accountability system, this will be the final year that schools will be rated either Met Standards or Improvement Required. Next year, districts, charter organizations, and campuses will all receive an A-F letter grade.

To view the 2016 state accountability ratings for districts, charters, and campuses, visit the TEA website.

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