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TEA News Releases Online Feb. 19, 2016

TEA announces 2015-2016 accreditation statuses

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters across the state. Accreditation statuses are based on state academic accountability ratings, the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (known commonly as School FIRST), data reporting, special program effectiveness, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Of 1,205 Texas school districts and charters, 1,169 (97 percent) received a status designation of Accredited for the 2015-2016 school year. An Accredited status recognizes districts and charters as a public school that meets specific academic and financial standards.

Under the Texas Education Code, the commissioner of education annually assigns accreditation statuses to each school district. Accreditation statuses for the 2015-2016 school year include: Accredited (1,169); Accredited-Warned (18); Accredited-Probation (4); Not Accredited-Revoked (6); and Pending (3).

An Accredited-Warned status means a district or charter exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance that, if not addressed, could lead to probation or revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2015-2016 school year, 13 school districts and 5 charter schools received an Accredited-Warned accreditation status.

An Accredited-Probation status means a district or charter exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance over a three-year period, or over two years are deficient in both ratings each year that must be addressed to avoid revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2015-2016 school year, four school districts received an Accredited-Probation accreditation status.

A Not Accredited-Revoked status means the Texas Education Agency does not recognize the district or charter as a Texas public school following multiple years of deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance. For the 2015-2016 school year, six school districts received a Not Accredited-Revoked accreditation status.

Note that the school districts assigned an initial Not Accredited-Revoked status had the opportunity for a review at the Texas Education Agency, and ultimately the opportunity for a review at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

The accreditation statuses of two charter schools and one district have been left pending due to revocation hearings currently under way, ongoing Texas Education Agency investigations, and/or pending litigation.

The 2015-2016 accreditation status for each school district and charter school can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/accredstatus/.