97 percent of Texas districts and charters earn full accreditation status

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March 1, 2012

 

 97 percent of Texas districts and charters earn full accreditation status 

AUSTIN – Ninety-seven percent of Texas school districts and charter schools earned full state accreditation today from the Texas Education Agency. The accreditation status is based primarily on academic and financial performance.

Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said 1,185 out of 1,220 districts and charter schools met all requirements and received full accreditation this year.

“I’m very proud that the overwhelming majority of Texas school districts and charters are meeting or exceeding academic and financial requirements. They are providing a strong, free public education to Texas students and are good stewards of public funds,” Scott said.

The 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. A more detailed description of the criteria used to determine an accreditation status can be found in the accreditation status matrix.

While most received the top status, 10 entities received an accredited-warned status, which typically means they had two years of poor academic or financial performance, and 10 received an accredited-probation status, which usually is the result of three years of poor performance.

As announced earlier this year, two districts – the Premont Independent School District and North Forest ISD – earned a status of not accredited-revoked. However, the commissioner has abated the Premont determination for one year and North Forest has appealed its proposed revocation. A decision based on a record review is expected by the end of March in the North Forest case.

Additionally, 13 districts and charters are pending an accreditation assignment due to ongoing data gathering or investigative activities. Their 2011-2012 accreditation status will be issued when all necessary data becomes available.

The accreditation status for each district and charter can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/accredstatus/.

The education commissioner has broad authority under Chapter 39 of the Texas Education Code to impose sanctions against any school district or charter school that receives a lowered accreditation status.  He will review progress on corrective actions already required by the state accountability system and School FIRST before deciding whether to impose additional sanctions, such as assigning a monitor or a conservator to the district or charter. Additionally, the district or charter must notify students’ parents and property owners regarding a lowered accreditation status and the reasons for the status assignment.