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TEA withholds Beaumont ISD's accreditation for 2013,14 school year until agency's investigation is complete.

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The Texas Education Agency has confirmed to 12News that it is withholding Beaumont Independent School District's accreditation for the 2013-2014 school year until the agency completes its ongoing investigation.

David Bradley, a member of the Texas State Board of Education released a statement saying "Beaumont's accreditation status ,which is noticeably missing from the Statewide report, was left pending because of all the ongoing investigations."

"There are such an incredible number of issues that the Agency (TEA) is really struggling to make progress."

Nine investigators from the TEA arrived in Beaumont October to study four specific areas of the district's operations: student attendance, exam security, district contracts, and special education. A monitor has already been appointed to oversee special education in the district.

BISD released the following statement in response to today's announcement:

The district's accountability rating is "met standard" and the district also has a four year state graduation rate that is higher than the region and the state.
Beaumont ISD will keep the community informed of any changes to the pending accreditation status.
"We look forward to working with the Agency as we continue to meet the needs of our students," says Dr. Timothy Chargois, Superintendent of Schools.

Beaumont ISD is the only district in the state that has been left pending due to the ongoing investigation. Nine Texas charter schools are also in the same category.

Ninety-six percent of the districts in the state were accredited.


Press release from Texas Education Association

The Texas Education Agency today released accreditation statuses for school districts and charters 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 1,222 Texas school districts and charters, 1,176 (96 percent) received a status designation of Accredited for the 2013-2014 school year. An Accredited status recognizes districts and charters as a public school that meets specific academic and financial standards.

Under the Texas Education Code, the commissioner of education annually assigns one of four accreditation statuses to each school district. Accreditation statuses for the 2013-2014 school year include: Accredited (1,176); Accredited-Warned (30); Accredited-Probation (3); Not Accredited-Revoked (3); and Pending (10).

An Accredited-Warned status means a district or charter exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance that, if not addressed, could lead to probation or revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2013-2014 school year, 13 school districts and 17 charter schools received an Accredited-Warned accreditation status.

An Accredited-Probation status means a district or charter exhibits deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance over a three-year period that must be addressed to avoid revocation of its accreditation status. For the 2013-2014 school year, three 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 as a Texas public school following multiple years of deficiencies in academic and/or financial performance. For the 2013-2014 school year, two school districts and one charter school received a Not Accredited-Revoked accreditation status.

Note that school the districts and charters assigned an initial Not Accredited-Revoked status will have the opportunity for a record review at the Texas Education Agency, and ultimately the opportunity for a review at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

The accreditation statuses of one school district and nine charter schools have been left pending due to revocation hearings currently under way, ongoing Texas Education Agency
investigations, and/or pending litigation.

The 2013-2014 accreditation status for each school district and charter school can be found on
the Texas Education Agency website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/accredstatus/.


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