House Bill (HB) 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature (2015), requires changes to the state public school accountability system.
It creates five domains of indicators that will be used to evaluate districts and campuses regarding three goals:
- Preparing students for postsecondary success
- Reducing achievement gaps among students from different racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Informing parents and the community about district and campus performance
The bill also creates A–F rating labels to describe district and campus performance. Districts and campuses will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for performance in each of the five domains and for overall performance.
The bill requires the agency to release a report to the Texas Legislature by January 1, 2017, showing the ratings that each district and campus would have received for Domains I–IV for the 2015–16 school year if the A–F rating system had been in place. A PDF of the report that was released to the Texas Legislature on Friday, December 30, 2016, and an Excel spreadsheet of the ratings are available at the links below.
Please note that the Met Standard/Improvement Required ratings issued in August 2016 and updated in November 2016 are the official academic accountability ratings for the 2015–16 school year (and a similar process will be used for the 2016–17 school year). The ratings in this report are for informational purposes to meet a legislative requirement and represent work-in-progress models that are likely to change before A–F ratings become effective in August 2018. No inferences about official district or campus performance in the 2015–16 school year should be drawn from these ratings, and these ratings should not be considered predictors of future district or campus performance ratings.
2015–16 A–F Ratings Report (PDF)
2015–16 A–F Ratings (Excel)
2015–16 A–F Ratings (PDF)
Finally, HB 2804 established the fifteen-member Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability (Next-Generation Commission) to develop recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability.
Two existing accountability advisory committees will make recommendations to the commissioner for the development and implementation of the new accountability system. The Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC), comprised of representatives from school districts and regional education service centers, makes recommendations for major policy and technical issues. The Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), comprised of representatives from legislative offices, school districts, and the business community, identifies issues critical to the accountability system and reviews the ATAC recommendations. The new accountability system is scheduled to be implemented in the 2017–18 school year.
This page contains links to the materials that each committee uses to develop its recommendations for the implementation of HB 2804. Please note that these materials are for informational purposes only and do not reflect the final recommendations of ATAC, APAC, or the Next-Generation Commission, nor do they predict the final outcomes of this process.
All links are PDF downloads unless otherwise stated.
January 24, 2017, Meeting of APAC
January 11, 2017, Meeting of ATAC
November 14, 2016, Meeting of APAC
September 26–27, 2016, Meeting of ATAC
May 18, 2016, Meeting of ATAC
March 1, 2016, Meeting of ATAC
January 22, 2016, Meeting of APAC
December 2–3, 2015, Meeting of ATAC
October 26, 2015, Meeting of APAC
September 28–29, 2015, Meeting of