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
Of 1,222 Texas school districts and charters, 1,176 (96 percent)
received a status designation of Accredited for the 2013-2014 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 one of four accreditation statuses to each school district. Accreditation
statuses for the 2013-2014 school year include: Accredited (1,176); Accredited-Warned
(30); Accredited-Probation (3); Not Accredited-Revoked (3); and Pending (10).
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
2013-2014 school year, 13 school districts and 17 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 that must be addressed to avoid revocation
of its accreditation status. For the
2013-2014 school year, three school districts received an Accredited-Probation
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
2013-2014 school year, two school districts and one charter school received a
Not Accredited-Revoked accreditation status.
that school districts and charters assigned
an initial Not Accredited-Revoked status will have the opportunity for a record
review at the Texas Education Agency, and ultimately the opportunity for a
review at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
The accreditation statuses of one
school district and nine charter schools have been left pending due to
revocation hearings currently under way, ongoing Texas Education Agency investigations,
and/or pending litigation.
The 2013-2014 accreditation status for each school district and charter
school can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/accredstatus/.