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 than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school district sand 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.
In the Tyler Independent School District, Douglass, Griffin Orr, and Peete Elementary Schools all required improvement. In Longview, Forest Park Magnet School, Johnston McQueen Elementary and Ware Elementary School also required improvement. In Jacksonville, all campuses met the state standard.
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:
Met Alternative Standard
"A transition to a new accountability system comes with a great of uncertainty," said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. "The 2013 ratings 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:
– Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard.
Student Achievement – 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
Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes improving academic achievement the economically disadvantaged student group and the low performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.
(All Economically Disadvantaged Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnic
Postsecondary Readiness – Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in 2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) performance at the postsecondary readiness standard.
(All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners;Special Education)
Under the 2013 state accountability system, campus (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:
Met Alternative Standard
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.