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TEA News Releases Online Feb. 9, 2018

TEA announces 2017-2018 accreditation statuses

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charter schools 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 1,201 Texas school districts and charter schools, 1,185 (98 percent) received a status designation of Accredited for the 2017-2018 school year. An Accredited status recognizes districts and charter schools 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 and charter school. Accreditation statuses for the 2017-2018 school year include: Accredited (1,185); Accredited-Warned (9); Accredited-Probation (2); Not Accredited-Revoked (4); and Pending (1).

An Accredited-Warned status means a district or charter school exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance that, if not addressed, could lead to probation or revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2017-2018 school year, 4 school districts and 5 charter schools received an Accredited-Warned accreditation status.

An Accredited-Probation status means a district or charter school exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance over a three-year period, or in both academic and financial performance over a two-year period.  These deficiencies must be addressed by the district to avoid revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2017-2018 school year, 2 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 school as a Texas public school following multiple years of deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance. For the 2017-2018 school year, 4 school districts received a Not Accredited-Revoked accreditation status.

Note that the school districts and charter schools assigned an initial Not Accredited-Revoked status have 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 status of one district has been left pending due to pending litigation.

The 2017-2018 accreditation status for each school district and charter school can be found on the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/accredstatus/

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