House Bill 22, of the 85th Texas Legislature authorized the creation of a new accountability system. As a result, the overall design of the 2017-2018 accountability system evaluates performance according to three domains:
- Student Achievement evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, and graduation rates.
- School Progress measures district and campus outcomes in two areas: the number of students that grew at least one year academically (or are on track) as measured by STAAR results and the achievement of all students relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.
- Closing the Gaps uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors. The indicators included in this domain, as well as the domain’s construction, align the state accountability system with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Districts and campuses will receive an overall rating, as well as a rating for each domain. The 2018 rating labels for districts and campuses are as follows:
- A, B, C, or D: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to districts (including those evaluated under alternative education accountability [AEA]) that meet the performance target for the letter grade
- F: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to districts (including AEAs) that do not meet the performance target to earn at least a D
- Not Rated: Assigned to districts that—under certain, specific circumstances—do not receive a rating
- Met Standard: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to campuses that meet the performance targets
- Improvement Required: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to campuses (including AECs) that do not meet the performance targets
- Met Alternative Standard: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to alternative education campuses evaluated under AEA provisions that meet the performance targets
- Not Rated: Assigned to campuses that—under certain, specific circumstances—do not receive a rating
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. Districts that receive a rating of A, B, C, or D are eligible for a distinction designation in postsecondary readiness. For 2018, distinction designations are awarded in the following areas:
- Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Mathematics (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Science (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Social Studies (campus only)
- Top 25 Percent: Comparative Academic Growth (campus only)
- Top 25 Percent: Comparative Closing the Gaps (campus only)
- Postsecondary Readiness (district and campus)
Please click here to view current State Ratings information.
For additional resources and information on the 2018 Accountability Rating System click here.
To access the TEA Academic Accountability Overview video