Education

Nearly half of Houston ISD’s campuses would’ve received failing accountability scores, superintendent says

A judge in October blocked the Texas Education Agency from releasing accountability ratings after deeming its new ratings system unlawful.

Mike Miles
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Superintendent Mike Miles at a family event. Many parents and teachers have criticized Miles’ changes to HISD in the past two months.

At least 52 schools in the Houston Independent School District would’ve received F ratings under the Texas Education Agency’s accountability rating system, data shows. 59 other campuses would’ve landed D ratings.

“This is not going to be a big surprise, but the number of D and F schools are much higher than the past,” Superintendent Mike Miles said in a press conference Tuesday.

A judge in October blocked the agency from releasing accountability ratings after deeming its new ratings system unlawful. The school district received raw data from the agency to determine unofficial accountability rating results for each of the district’s schools.

The data also determined 64 schools would’ve received C ratings, 58 would’ve received B ratings and 35 would’ve received A ratings, Miles said.

“We have a lot of schools that are struggling,” Miles said.

“We went into this year knowing that we would have a lot of work to do, especially around the quality of instruction, which is the leading indicator of academic achievement and hence accountability,” he said.

The agency in September said that it’ll not be releasing the 2022-2023 accountability ratings as planned, but would need about a month longer to ensure COVID-19 impacts were taken into account. A month later, the agency’s new accountability rating system was blocked.

Hoards of Texas school districts filed lawsuits over changes to the accountability rating criteria this year. Superintendents and school district officials feared the new system would be more strict. A school district could earn an A if 60 percent of students were considered career and college ready. That threshold was raised to 88 percent for the top grade.

“It doesn’t change what we are going to do moving forward,” Mile said.

He said under the agency’s previous system, only about 10 schools received D and F ratings across the school district last year.