TEA News Release 2

 

 

 

 

TEA News Releases Online                                                                                        Aug. 8, 2013

 

 

TEA releases 2013 accountability ratings 

 

 

AUSTIN - The Texas Education Agency today 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 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. School district ratings (including charter operators) by category 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 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:

  • Student Achievement - Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard. 
    (All Students)
  • Student Progress - 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 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)
  • 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)

Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes. Districts and campuses with students in Grade 8 or lower must meet targets on the first three indexes (excluding Postsecondary Readiness).

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%

For eligible campuses that achieve the rating of Met Standard, distinction designations in the following areas have also been assigned: Top 25 Percent Student Progress; Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts; and Academic Achievement in Mathematics.

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:

DISTINCTION(S) EARNED

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

MULTI

TOTAL

Top 25% Progress & Read/ELA & Math*

385

182

152

40

759

Top 25 % Progress

326

94

117

16

553

Top 25% Progress & Reading/ELA

186

88

34

11

319

Top 25% Progress & Math

209

93

48

10

360

Reading/ELA

547

183

63

28

821

Reading/ELA & Mathematics

164

81

147

32

424

Mathematics

133

122

84

24

363

* Denotes campus received Met Standard rating plus all three possible distinctions
under the 2013 state accountability system.

"Under the new accountability system, these designations recognize outstanding work at the campus level that would not be acknowledged in previous years," said Commissioner Williams. "Despite the many positive numbers, I am confident school leaders across our state share my concern for the number of campuses where improvement is still required, especially at the elementary level. If we can target our efforts in those grade levels today, the state will see improvements for all students in the years ahead."

Commissioner Williams noted that while the four components of the new accountability system are in place, future adjustments will be made based on district and stakeholder feedback. In addition, House Bill 5 (passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature) requires stronger measures of postsecondary readiness to be added to the system

To view the 2013 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses, visit the Texas Education Agency web site at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2013/index.html.

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