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TEA News Releases Online Nov. 17, 2016

Final 2016 academic accountability ratings released

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2016 state academic accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters and more than 8,600 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 104 school district and campus-level appeals in 2016, compared to 72 in 2015, 90 in 2014, and 85 in 2013. 

Nine of 24 district appeals were granted by the commissioner. The final district ratings for Newman International Academy in Arlington, Orangefield ISD, Pearsall ISD, San Perlita ISD, Sheldon ISD, and Utopia ISD were changed from Improvement Required to Met Standard. The final district ratings for Excel Academy in Houston, Gateway Charter Academy in Dallas, and University of Texas Charter School were changed from Improvement Required to Not Rated. 

Under the final 2016 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 2016 are as follows:

2016 RATING

DISTRICT

CHARTER

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

983

154

1,137

94.2%

Met Standard

983

124

1,107

91.7%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

30

30

2.5%

Improvement Required

39

18

57

4.7%

Not Rated

2

11

13

1.1%

TOTAL

1,024

183

1,207

100.0%


Twenty-one of 80 campus appeals were granted by the commissioner. The campus appeals granted in 2016 are as follows: 

District

Campus

August Rating

Final Rating

Abilene ISD

Sam Houston

Improvement Required

Not Rated

Amarillo ISD

North Heights Alternative School

Improvement Required

Met Alternative Standard

Austin ISD

International
High School

Improvement Required

Met Alternative Standard

Cleveland ISD

Cleveland High School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Dallas ISD

Boude Storey Middle

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Garland ISD

Pathfinder Achievement Center

Improvement Required

Not Rated

Gateway Charter Academy

Gateway Charter Academy–Middle

Improvement Required

Not Rated

Houston ISD

Sterling High School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Houston ISD

Port Houston Elementary

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Legacy Preparatory

Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Newman International Academy of Arlington

Newman International Academy of Arlington

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Pearsall ISD

Pearsall High School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Premier High Schools

Premier High School
of East El Paso

Improvement Required

Met Alternative Standard

San Antonio ISD

Pickett Academy

Improvement Required

Not Rated

San Perlita ISD

San Perlita High School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Santa Anna ISD

Santa Anna Secondary

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Seguin ISD

Patlan Elementary

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Uplift Education

Uplift Heights Preparatory Middle

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Utopia ISD

Utopia School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Vernon ISD

North Texas State Hospital–AFP

Improvement Required

Not Rated

West Orange-Cove CISD

West Orange-Stark
High School

Improvement Required

Met Standard


Under the final 2016 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:

2016 RATING

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

K–12

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

4,403

1,536

1,440

305

7,684

88.6%

Met Standard

4,402

1,526

1,217

290

7,435

85.7%

Met Alternative Standard

1

10

223

15

249

2.9%

Improvement Required

231

115

57

42

445

5.1%

Not Rated

66

43

287

148

544

6.3%

TOTAL

4,700

1,694

1,784

495

8,673

100.0%


The 2016 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/2016/accountability_rating_system.pdf.

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 animated video at http://youtu.be/cbEgrdijuc8.

To view the 2016 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 http://tea.texas.gov/2016accountability.aspx.

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