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TEA News Releases Online Nov. 14, 2017
Final 2017 academic accountability ratings released

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2017 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 66 school district and campus-level appeals in 2017, compared to 104 in 2016, 72 in 2015, and 90 in 2014. 

Two of 14 district appeals were granted by the commissioner. The final district ratings for Grandfalls-Royalty ISD and Ranger ISD were changed from Improvement Required to Met Standard

Under the final 2017 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 2017 are as follows: 

2017 RATING

DISTRICT

CHARTER

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

995

153

1,148

95.4%

Met Standard

995

126

1,121

93.2%

Met Alternative Standard

N/A

27

27

2.2%

Improvement Required

26

16

42

3.5%

Not Rated

2

11

13

1.1

TOTAL

1,023

180

1,203

100%


Thirteen of 52 campus appeals were granted by the commissioner. The campus appeals granted in 2017 are as follows: 

 DISTRICT

 CAMPUS

AUGUST RATING

FINAL RATING

Arlington ISD

Short Elementary School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Burkeville ISD

Burkeville Elementary School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Dallas ISD

Mount Auburn Elementary School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Fort Stockton ISD

Fort Stockton Middle School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Garland ISD

Pathfinder Achievement Center

Improvement Required

Not Rated

Grandfalls-Royalty ISD

Grandfalls-Royalty School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Liberty-Eylau ISD

Liberty-Eylau Primary

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Liberty-Eylau ISD

Liberty-Eylau Pre-K Center

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Liberty-Eylau ISD

Liberty-Eylau C. K. Bender Elementary Campus

Improvement Required

Met Standard

San Antonio ISD

Cooper Academy

Improvement Required

Met Alternative Standard

Strawn ISD

Strawn School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Temple ISD

Cater Elementary School

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Texas Leadership

Texas Leadership of Abilene

Improvement Required

Met Standard

Under the final 2017 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:

2017 RATING

ELEM

MIDDLE

HS

K–12

TOTAL

PERCENT

Met Standard/Alternative

4,456

1,599

1,463

324

7,842

89.6%

Met Standard

4,455

1,586

1,245

305

7,591

86.7%

Met Alternative Standard

1

13

218

19

251

2.9%

Improvement Required

224

66

43

25

358

4.1%

Not Rated

69

53

280

155

557

6.4%

TOTAL

4,749

1,718

1,786

504

8,757

100.0%


The 2017 ratings are based on a system of indices 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://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=51539615193&libID=51539615193.

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.

This is the last year that academic accountability ratings will be based on the four-index framework. Beginning with the 2017–18 school year, both districts and campuses will be rated on the new domain system established by House Bill 22 (85th Texas Legislature, 2017). Next year, districts will receive grades of A, B, C, D, or F, and campuses will receive MetStandard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required labels. Campuses will begin receiving A–F grades in the 2018–19 school year.

To view the 2017 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/2017accountability.aspx.

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