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TEA News Releases Online Nov. 10, 2015

Final 2015 academic accountability ratings released

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2015 state academic accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters and more than 8,500 campuses. The final ratings include the results of an appeals process that provides districts and charters an opportunity to contest preliminary ratings.

Preliminary state accountability ratings were announced by TEA in August. The Texas Education Code requires the commissioner of education to provide a process for districts and charters to challenge their accountability ratings. School district appeals are first carefully reviewed by an independent appeals panel before being sent to the commissioner for a final decision.

The Texas Education Agency received 72 school district and campus-level appeals in 2015, compared to 90 in 2014 and 85 in 2013.

Two of 13 district appeals were granted by the commissioner. The final district rating for George Gervin Academy in San Antonio was changed from Improvement Required to Met Standard. The final district rating for Bynum ISD was changed from Improvement Required to Not Rated.

Under the final 2015 ratings, more than 90 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard. Districts, campuses, and charters receive one of three ratings under the state’s accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required.

Final school district ratings (including charter operators) by category in 2015 are as follows:

2015 RATING

DISTRICT

CHARTER

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

983

169

1,152

94.5%

Met Standard

983

137

1,120

91.9%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

32

32

2.6%

Improvement Required

39

16

55

4.5%

Not Rated

2

10

12

1.0%

TOTAL

1,024

195

1,219

100.0%


Seven of 59 campus appeals were granted by the commissioner. The campus appeals granted in 2015 include the following: 

DISTRICT

CAMPUS

AUGUST RATING

FINAL RATING

Arrow Academy

Save Our Streets Center (Bryan)

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Austin ISD

Govalle Elementary School

Improvement Required

Not Rated

Bynum ISD

Bynum School

Improvement Required

Not Rated

George Gervin Academy

George Gervin Academy

(San Antonio)

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Navasota ISD

W.B. Bizzell Academy

Improvement Required

Met Alternative Standard

Nova Academy (Southeast)

Nova Academy (Southeast)

(Dallas)

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Post ISD

Post Elementary School

Improvement Required

Not Rated


Under the final 2015 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:

2015 RATING

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

K-12

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

4,168

1,555

1,454

299

7,476

86.5%

Met Standard

4,168

1,544

1,221

273

7,206

83.3%

Met Alternative Standard

0

11

233

26

270

3.1%

Improvement Required

422

102

42

37

603

7.0%

Not Rated

64

56

285

162

567

6.6%

TOTAL

4,654

1,713

1,781

498

8,646

100.0%


The 2015 ratings are based on a system of indexes that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness. An overview of the accountability system can be found at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2015/accountability_rating_system.pdf.

Results of 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in mathematics for grades 3–8 were excluded from the 2015 state accountability system. New rigorous math standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in April 2012 and implemented in grades K–8 in the 2014–2015 school year. In addition, results from STAAR Accommodated (STAAR A) and STAAR Alternate 2 (a redesign of the original STAAR Alternate) were also excluded.

Parents and the general public seeking a quick overview of the state accountability system and what goes into the annual ratings of schools, districts, and charters can watch an informational animation video at http://youtu.be/cbEgrdijuc8.

To view the 2015 state accountability ratings for districts, charters, and campuses (that include a listing of any distinction designations earned at the campus- and district-level), visit the Texas Education Agency website at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2015/index.html.