Education

TEA Releases Ratings of Texas School Districts

HISD wasn’t rated because it met the Hurricane Harvey criteria the agency established

The Texas Education Agency has released the 2018 state accountability ratings for 1,200 school districts and district charters. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A–F scale.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released Wednesday the 2018 state accountability ratings for 1,200 school districts and district charters. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A–F scale.

The TEA didn’t rate the Houston Independent School District (HISD) because it met at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June.

School district ratings (including charter operators) by category include:

The previous chart does not include A–F ratings for single-campus school districts and charters. Those districts are not labeled A–F and continue to receive one of three ratings: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. School district ratings (including charter operators) by category include:

A total of 92 school districts, including HISD, and district charters would have received a rating of B, C, D or F, but met at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June. Therefore, those districts are labeled Not Rated: Harvey Provision. The Not Rated: Harvey Provision districts include:

Aldine ISD; Alief ISD; Alvin ISD; Angleton ISD; Anahuac ISD; Aransas County ISD; Aransas Pass ISD; Arrow Academy (Houston); Austwell-Tivoli ISD; Beaumont ISD; Bloomington ISD; Boling ISD; Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity (Houston); Brazosport ISD; Bridge City ISD; Buna ISD; Burkeville ISD; Calhoun County ISD; Channelview ISD; Cleveland ISD; Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Columbia-Brazoria ISD; Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Danbury ISD; Dayton ISD; Deer Park ISD; Deweyville ISD; Dickinson ISD; Draw Academy (Houston); East Chambers ISD; El Campo ISD; Evadale ISD; Evolution Academy Charter School (Beaumont, Richardson, Spring); Fort Bend ISD; Galena Park ISD; Galveston ISD; Goose Creek CISD; Gregory-Portland ISD; Hamshire-Fannett ISD; Hardin-Jefferson ISD; Hitchcock ISD; Houston ISD; Huffman ISD; Hull-Daisetta ISD; Humble ISD; Ingleside ISD; International Leadership of Texas (Houston, Richmond); Kipp Inc. Charter (Houston); Kountze ISD; Kirbyville CISD; La Grange ISD; Lamar CISD; Liberty ISD; Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; Lumberton ISD; Nederland ISD; Odyssey Academy Inc. (El Lago, Galveston); Orangefield ISD; Palacios ISD; Pasadena ISD; Port Arthur ISD; Port Neches-Groves ISD; Promise Community School (Houston); Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (Houston); Refugio ISD; Rice CISD; Royal ISD; Runge ISD; Santa Fe ISD; Ser-Ninos Charter School (Houston); Sheldon ISD; Silsbee ISD; Spring Branch ISD; Spring ISD; Southwest School (Houston); Spurger ISD; Sweeny ISD; Taft ISD; Takoa Academy of Accelerated Studies (Orange, Port Arthur); Tarkington ISD; Texas Serenity Academy (Houston); Texas City ISD; The Pro-Vision Academy (Houston); The Rhodes School (Houston, Channelview); The Varnett Public Schools (Houston); Victoria ISD; Vidor ISD; West Hardin County CISD; West Orange-Cove CISD; Wharton ISD; Woodsboro ISD and Yes Prep Public Schools Inc. (Houston).

Not rated for reasons other than Hurricane Harvey

In addition, 13 districts received a Not Rated label for reasons other than Hurricane Harvey. A complete list of all Not Rated school districts and district charters can be found on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/accountability/.

The website TXschools.org allows to view the report cards. Parents can search by district or school name and compare that district’s or school’s performance to others in their area.

Three areas

Districts receive a grade or rating based on performance in three areas.

The first one is called ‘Student Achievement’ and 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.

The second area is ‘School Progress’. It 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.

The third area is called ‘Closing the Gaps’ and looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted in the calculations). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.

Appeals

Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned and the TEA will release the final 2018 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December.

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