Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts


by Ben Posey

The Texas Education Agency released this week the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide.
Local School District Results:
Each campus in the White Settlement ISD and the Lake Worth ISD received the rating of “met standard” and in Fort Worth ISD, all high schools received the rating of “met standard” except Eastern Hills High School, which received “improvement required.” Twenty-one other middle and elementary campuses in the Fort Worth ISD were rated as “improvement required.”
The ratings reveal that approximately 94 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 accountability system: met standard, met alternative standard or improvement required. The accountability ratings are based mostly on how students perform on the state-required STAAR exams.
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.
For the 2015-2016 school year, the number of districts achieving a rating of met standard or met alternative standard stayed relatively the same as previous years. Campuses that receive an accountability rating of met standard are also eligible for distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement on performance indicators compared to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics. Distinction designations will be publicly released by Sept. 16.
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.

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