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TEA News Releases Online Aug. 23, 2018
Commissioner Morath spotlights outstanding achievement in single-campus districts

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today spotlighted the outstanding achievement of 38 single-campus school districts and charter districts that earned high marks in the 2018 state accountability ratings.

On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released accountability ratings for school districts and district charters. Multi-campus districts received an accountability rating using the new A–F scale. Single-campus districts were, by law, still assigned a Met Standard/ Improvement Required rating label.

However, Commissioner Morath noted that 38 single-campus districts receiving a Met Standard rating this year also posted an overall scaled score above a 90, which is the equivalent to an A rating in the new system. 

“The outstanding work of dedicated educators in these 38 single-campus districts is worthy of both our attention and praise,” said Commissioner Morath. “The performance in these districts reflects a commitment to educating all students and preparing them for success in whatever next step they choose to take.”

The following 38 single-campus school districts and district charters achieved a scaled score of a 90 or above (or the equivalent to an A rating):

Amigos Por Vida – Friends For Life Public Charter School (Houston); Benjamin ISD; Borden County ISD; Bronte ISD; Chaparral Star Academy (Austin); Comstock ISD; Divide ISD; Driscoll ISD; Ezzell ISD; Grady ISD; Groom ISD; Guthrie CSD; Hartley ISD; Hedley ISD; Highland ISD; Huckabay ISD; Imagine International Academy of North Texas (McKinney); Ira ISD; Jayton-Girard ISD; Kenedy County Wide CSD; Klondike ISD; Knippa ISD; McMullen County ISD; Meridian World School LLC (Round Rock); Nazareth ISD; New Home ISD; Nursery ISD; Paint Creek ISD; Petersburg ISD; Richland Collegiate High School (Dallas); Sabine Pass ISD; Sands CISD; Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School (Nacogdoches); Sweet Home ISD; Turkey-Quitaque ISD; Valentine ISD; Vista Del Futuro Charter School (El Paso); and Westlake Academy Charter School (Tarrant/Denton counties).

Commissioner Morath encouraged parents to visit TXschools.org to view online report cards designed to be useful tools to see how a school or district is doing in different areas. The report cards spotlight specific strengths, in addition to any challenges, that can assure the needs of all students are being met. Parents can search by district or school name and compare that district’s or school’s performance to others in their area.

Districts and charters receive a grade or rating based on performance in three areas:

  • Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year.  It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and graduation rates.
  • School Progress measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Closing the Gaps looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

While 2018 campus ratings continued under the Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required labels for single-campus districts, the A–F rating labels will be applied to these districts (as well as all campuses statewide) at the end of the upcoming school year.

To learn more about the A-F accountability system, visit https://tea.texas.gov/A-F/.

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