TEA News Releases Online
March 1, 2011
Full accreditation status earned by 97 percent of districts and charters
AUSTIN – Ninety-seven percent of Texas school districts and charter holders earned full accreditation status from the Texas Education Agency today. Accreditation status is determined by the financial and academic health of a school system.
The status also takes into account data reporting, special program effectiveness and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said 1,198 out of a total of 1,235 districts and charters were awarded full state accreditation status. For 11 public school entities, a 2010-2011 status assignment was withheld pending the final data necessary for the completion of an assignment.
The financial ratings that are a component of the accreditation status are based on audited records from the 2008-2009 school year and earlier.
While most Texas school systems earned the top rating, four charter schools will lose their right to be a public school on July 1 unless they successfully appeal the determination. These are schools that have had poor academic or financial performance, or in some cases weak performance in both areas, for three or four years. In one case, the status has been assigned after completion of a special accreditation investigation and because of a history of operational concerns.
The schools that are receiving a status of Not Accredited – Revoked are Northwest Preparatory in Houston; San Antonio Preparatory Academy; Houston Alternative Preparatory Charter School; and Metro Academy of Math and Science in Arlington.
All four schools have asked for a review of the status assignment. If they lose this appeal, they will have the opportunity to appeal the decision to an administrative law judge. If they are not successful, they will cease operations as a public school on July 1. Their students may enroll in a traditional school district, another charter school or a private school.
An additional 22 districts or charters also received an accreditation status that is less than full accreditation. Six districts or charters earned a status of Accredited – Probation, which is one step above the revoked status. These entities had two or three years of Academically Unacceptable ratings in the accountability system and/or ratings of Substandard Achievement or Suspended – Data Quality on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).
Sixteen school systems received a status of Accredited – Warned, which means they had one or two years of poor academic and/or financial performance.
Details about the criteria used to determine the ratings can be found in the Accreditation Status Matrix.
The accreditation status for each district and charter can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/accredstatus/.
The education commissioner has broad authority to impose an array of sanctions against any charter school or district that received an Accredited – Warned or Accredited – Probation status. Along with taking the corrective actions already required under the state academic or financial accountability systems, the district or charter must notify students’ parents and property owners in their area of the lowered accreditation status.
The commissioner will review actions already under way to correct deficiencies before deciding whether to impose additional sanctions. Other sanctions can include assigning a monitor or conservator to assist the district or charter school.
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