December 8, 2016
TO THE SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSED:
The 2015–16 School Report Cards (SRC)
are now available on the Texas Education Agency's website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html.
Report Card—The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about
a campus's individual characteristics and its academic performance. Distribution to Campuses. The TEA will notify each principal that
the SRC for his or her campus is available. It is, however, the district's
responsibility to provide the SRC to each campus for distribution to parents
Distribution to Parents. Each campus must send a copy of the SRC to
a parent or guardian of each of its students within six weeks of the date of
this letter. The campus may provide the SRC in the same way that it sends other
official communications to parents and guardians, such as including the SRC in
a weekly folder sent home with each student, mailing it to the student's
residence, providing it at a parent-teacher conference, or enclosing it with
the student report card. Districts may distribute the SRC electronically if
they can ensure that parents and guardians are notified that the SRC is
available and that they are able to access it. A campus or district must
provide a printed copy (in color or black and white) to anyone who cannot
access the electronic version.
At their discretion, campuses
may include additional information with the SRC that highlights other
performance aspects of the campus or district.
All campuses that reported student enrollment in the fall 2015 PEIMS
submission will have
an SRC, including Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP)
campuses, Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) campuses, and campuses
paired for accountability rating purposes. Because the SRC for JJAEPs, DAEPs,
and paired campuses do not have STAAR performance results, districts are not
required to distribute the SRC for these campuses, but may do so, if desired. Otherwise,
all campuses with an SRC are required by law to distribute the SRC to parents
Campuses that opened in
the 2016–17 school year will not have a 2015–16 SRC and therefore are not
required to distribute a report.
Cover Letter—Districts are not required to include a cover letter with the
SRC, but many schools find it helpful to provide one. A sample cover letter to
parents—in both English and Spanish—is available at the link below.
definitions of the items included in the SRC are available in English at the
link below. A Spanish translation of the definitions will be posted on the TEA
before Friday, December 16. Districts are not required provide definitions to
parents, but many schools find it helps parents and guardians understand the
The text of
this email is posted at the Texas Education Agency Correspondence website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src_2015-16/.
Links to electronic versions of the sample cover letters and the definitions
are at the bottom of the webpage.
For people who would like greater
detail about the information in the SRC, the 2015–16 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) Glossary is a
useful resource. It contains definitions and sources of data for all the
information included in the SRC. The data in the SRC is a subset of that
published in the TAPR.
The TAPR Glossary is
available on the TEA website at
The administrative rules that
govern the SRC (19 TAC §61.1021) are available on the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter061/ch61bb.html.
We hope you find this material
informative and helpful. If you have questions regarding the SRC, please
contact the Division of Performance Reporting.
Texas Education Agency
Office of Academics
Penny Schwinn, Deputy Commissioner
Division of Performance Reporting–Shannon Housson, Division Director
Division of Performance Reporting–Jamie Crowe, Director
School Report Card Definitions (English)
Sample Letter for Parents (English)Sample
Letter for Parents (Spanish)