– The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of
the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings.
House Bill 5 (passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature), all
districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance and the
performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement.
Districts must assign one of four performance ratings – Exemplary, Recognized,
Acceptable or Unacceptable – to the district and each campus for overall
performance, including the following categories:
- Fine arts;
- Wellness and physical education;
- Community and parental involvement;
- 21st Century Workforce Development program;
- Second language acquisition program;
- Digital learning environment;
- Dropout prevention strategies; and
- Educational programs for gifted and talented students.
Bill 5 requires a local committee or committees to determine the criteria that
the district uses to evaluate and assign performance ratings and to evaluate
the district’s compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements. The Texas Education Agency will begin
collecting information regarding locally-assigned district and campus community
and student engagement ratings beginning in late June.
While districts must assign locally-determined
performance ratings for the district and all campuses in the district, ratings
are not required for budgeted (non-instructional) campuses, Disciplinary
Alternative Education program (DAEP) campuses, Juvenile Justice Alternative
Education program (JJAEP) campuses and facilities operated by the Texas
Juvenile Justice Department.
Under House Bill 5, districts must post
the ratings and compliance status for the district and each campus on the
school district’s website by August 8, 2014.
The Texas Education Agency is required
to report the performance ratings and compliance statuses on the TEA website no
later than October 1, 2014. Please note that while TEA has reporting
responsibilities under House Bill 5, the agency has no authority to provide policy
guidance to districts regarding the criteria for determining the community and
student engagement performance ratings and compliance statuses.
For questions regarding the process in
determining local-assigned performance ratings, contact your local school
district or charter school.