The Texas Education Agency today released the 2014 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that 90 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard. .
All school districts in the 12News viewing area met all of the standard requirements, however that is not the case when it comes to individual campuses.
The Beaumont Independent School District, which as been in the news a lot lately, overall met the standards, but two middle schools did not. Those schools are Austin, which has been closed and will be consolidated with King Middle School this year, and Smith, which ratings show as one of the worst performing schools in our area falling in all four areas reviewed by the state which are student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness.
BISD also had five elementary schools that did not meet standards and required improvement. They are Pietzsch-MacArthur, Martin, Mae Jones Clark, Fehl Price and Lucas Pre-K.
The Port Arthur Independent School District met all standards as a district as well, but two of its schools did not. Those schools are Memorial High School and Washington Elementary.
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District had two campuses that were not up to par. They are West Orange Stark Elementary and the M.B. North Early Learning Center.
A TEA spokesperson said campuses not meeting the standards must take immediate action and come up with a campus improvement plan
School district ratings (including charter operators) by category in 2014 are as follows:
|Met Alternative Standard||N/A||33||33||2.7%|
"Texans should be pleased to see the vast majority of districts, charters, and campuses are meeting the standards set in the second year of the state accountability system," said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. "While the 2014 numbers are strong, the work continues in districts across our state to meet and exceed increasing state standards and the expectations of their local communities."
The 2014 ratings are based on a system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and individual campuses throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:
- Student Achievement – Provides a snapshot of performance across all subjects.
- Student Progress – Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group.
- Closing Performance Gaps – Tracks advanced academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups.
- Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military.
A district or campus must meet the target on all indexes for which it has performance results. For 2014 only, high schools/K-12 campuses and alternative education campuses and charter districts are not being evaluated on Index 2 (Student Progress) due to the transition to a single reading and writing assessment for English I and English II. In 2013, reading and writing were tested separately.
Under the 2014 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:
|Met Alternative Standard||0||7||213||22||242||2.8%|
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are also eligible for distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in several performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Distinction designations can be earned by campuses in the following areas:
- Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts;
- Academic Achievement in Mathematics;
- Academic Achievement in Science;
- Academic Achievement in Social Studies;
- Top 25 Percent: Student Progress;
- Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps; and
- Postsecondary Readiness.
"Earning a distinction is not easy," said Commissioner Williams. "Any school earning one or more distinctions should be recognized in its community for the outstanding work taking place on that campus."
In addition, districts and charters are eligible to receive a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness. Postsecondary readiness is the only distinction at the district level. Twenty-six school districts and charters earning this distinction for 2014. Districts and charters earning a postsecondary readiness distinction include: Carroll ISD; Cisco ISD; Clifton ISD; Falls City ISD; Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts; Glasscock County ISD; Glen Rose ISD; Gruver ISD; Harmony School of Science (Houston); Harmony Science Academy (Waco); Highland Park ISD (Dallas); Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD; Kerrville ISD; Los Fresnos CISD; Lovejoy ISD; Martins Mill ISD; Medina Valley ISD; Mumford ISD; Richardson ISD; School of Science and Technology (Leon Valley); Sharyland ISD; South Texas ISD; Uplift Education-North Hills Preparatory (Irving); Uplift Education-Williams Preparatory (Dallas); Valley View ISD; and Wimberley ISD.
The 2014 ratings – with the additional measures for academic performance – remained fairly stable compared to 2013. In 2014, 90.1 percent of districts received an initial rating of Met Standard/Met Alternative Standard (compared to 92.5 percent in 2013) and nine percent received an initial rating of Improvement Required (compared to 6.5 percent in 2013). In 2014, 84.9 percent of campuses received an initial rating of Met Standard/Met Alternative Standard (compared to 84.2 percent in 2013) and 8.7 percent received an initial rating of Improvement Required (compared to 9.1 percent in 2013). Districts, charters and campuses can appeal a rating. All ratings are final in October.
Educators, school board members, business and community representatives, professional organizations, and legislative representatives from across the state provided assistance and advice to the Texas Education Agency during development of the current accountability system.
Independent of the state's accountability system, House Bill 5 (passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature) requires all school districts to evaluate the district's performance and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement. Although these locally-assigned ratings must be posted on district websites beginning Aug. 8 (coinciding with the release of state ratings), they are separate from the state accountability ratings.
The Texas Education Agency will post the state-assigned academic and financial ratings, as well as the locally-determined community and student engagement ratings, on the agency's website by Oct. 1.