Texas Education Agency releases school accountability ratings

AUSTIN, TX (News Release) - From the Texas Education Agency:

AUSTIN, TX - On Thursday, the Texas Education Agency released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.

Districts, campuses and charters receive one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required.

District wide, Lufkin ISD achieved a "Met Standard" accountability rating. All 14 of the Lufkin ISD campuses also achieved that accountability rating. The Stubblefield Learning Center earned a "Met Alternate Standard" rating.

The Nacogdoches Independent School District earned a "Met Standard" accountability rating. Six NISD campuses achieved the "Met Standard" rating. They include Nacogdoches High School, Mike Moses Middle School, McMichael Middle School, Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary, Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language, and Raguet Elementary.

Three NISD campuses received an "Improvement Required" accountability rating - Emeline Carpenter Academy of Technology, Fredonia Elementary, and Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts.

Nacogdoches ISD's alternative campus, the Martin Educational Center for Achievement earned a "Met Alternate Standard" rating.

Click here to see how your child's campus did (PDF).

Approximately 3,600 campuses that achieved the Met Standard rating earned some type of distinction. More than 750 campuses earned distinctions in all three potential areas. These distinction designations are based on campus performance in relation to a comparison group of campuses. Distinctions earned(by campus type) in 2013 are as follows:

RATING

DISTRICT

CHARTER

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

975

161

1,136

92.5%

Met Standard

975

126

1,101

89.7%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

35

35

2.9%

Improvement Required

50

30

80

6.5%

Not Rated

1

11

12

1.0%

TOTAL

1,026

202

1,228

100.0%

"A transition to a new accountability system comes with a great deal of uncertainty," said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. "The 2013ratings confirm that the vast majority of districts and campuses are meeting the state's standards and providing a quality education for our students."

The 2013 ratings are based on a revised system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:

  • StudentAchievement – Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard.

    (All Students)

  • StudentProgress – Provides an opportunity for diverse campuses to show improvements made independent of overall achievement levels. Growth is evaluated by subject and student group.

    (All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners;Special Education)

  • ClosingPerformance Gaps – Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.

    (All Economically Disadvantaged Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity)

  • PostsecondaryReadiness – Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) performance at the post secondary readiness standard.

    (All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners;Special Education)

Under the 2013 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:

RATING

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

MULTI

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

4,062

1,511

1,338

295

7,206

84.2%

Met Standard

4,062

1,504

1,156

264

6,986

81.7%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

7

182

31

220

2.6%

Improvement Required

477

133

129

39

778

9.1%

Not Rated

73

62

280

156

571

6.7%

TOTAL

4,612

1,706

1,747

490

8,555

100.0%

Approximately 3,600campuses that achieved the Met Standard rating earned some type of distinction.More than 750 campuses earned distinctions in all three potential areas.