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TEA Releases 2013 School Accountability Ratings; Two AISD Campuses "Require Improvement"

The Texas Education Agency today released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.
The Texas Education Agency has released their 2013 Accountability Ratings for Texas public school districts. These ratings measure specific performance criteria for districts and campuses.

In the Abilene Independent School District, all of the rated campuses met the performance standards except for the Woodson Center for Excellence and the Sam Houston special education center, which were both rated "Improvement Required."

AISD plans to appeal the rating for Sam Houston, and feels the specialized campus should not have been rated. Two years ago, AISD won an appeal for Sam Houston from TEA. Sam Houston, which is located at the Jefferson Center on S. 14th, is home to special education students who have behavioral and emotional difficulties.

The district does not plan to appeal the negative rating for Woodson.

All of Wylie's rated campuses received the "Met Standard" rating.

A complete list of the ratings of all school districts and campuses can be found on the TEA's website. More information about the ratings can also be found on the state agency's website here.

Below is the official news release from the TEA.
The Texas Education Agency today released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.
Districts, campuses and charters receive one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required. School district ratings (including charter operators) by category in 2013 are as follows:
RATING
DISTRICT
CHARTER
TOTAL
PERCENT
Met Standard/Alternative
975
161
1,136
92.5%
Met Standard
975
126
1,101
89.7%
Met Alternative Standard
N/A
35
35
2.9%
Improvement Required
50
30
80
6.5%
Not Rated
1
11
12
1.0%
TOTAL
1,026
202
1,228
100.0%
“A transition to a new accountability system comes with a great deal of uncertainty,” said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. “The 2013 ratings confirm that the vast majority of districts and campuses are meeting the state’s standards and providing a quality education for our students.”
The 2013 ratings are based on a revised system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:
§  Student Achievement – Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard.
(All Students)
§  Student Progress – Provides an opportunity for diverse campuses to show improvements made independent of overall achievement levels. Growth is evaluated by subject and student group.
(All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners; Special Education)
§  Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.
(All Economically Disadvantaged Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity)
§  Postsecondary Readiness – Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in 2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) performance at the postsecondary readiness standard.
(All Students; Student Groups by Race/Ethnicity; English Language Learners; Special Education)
Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes. Districts and campuses with students in Grade 8 or lower must meet targets on the first three indexes (excluding Postsecondary Readiness).
Under the 2013 state accountability system, campus ratings (including charter campuses) by category and school type are as follows:
RATING
ELEM
MIDDLE
HS
MULTI
TOTAL
PERCENT
Met Standard/Alternative
4,062
1,511
1,338
295
7,206
84.2%
Met Standard
4,062
1,504
1,156
264
6,986
81.7%
Met Alternative Standard
N/A
7
182
31
220
2.6%
Improvement Required
477
133
129
39
778
9.1%
Not Rated
73
62
280
156
571
6.7%
TOTAL
4,612
1,706
1,747
490
8,555
100.0%
For eligible campuses that achieve the rating of Met Standard, distinction designations in the following areas have also been assigned: Top 25 Percent Student Progress; Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts; and Academic Achievement in Mathematics.
Approximately 3,600 campuses that achieved the Met Standard rating earned some type of distinction. More than 750 campuses earned distinctions in all three potential areas. These distinction designations are based on campus performance in relation to a comparison group of campuses. Distinctions earned (by campus type) in 2013 are as follows:
DISTINCTION(S) EARNED
ELEM
MIDDLE
HS
MULTI
TOTAL
Top 25% Progress & Read/ELA & Math*
385
182
152
40
759
Top 25 % Progress
326
94
117
16
553
Top 25% Progress & Reading/ELA
186
88
34
11
319
Top 25% Progress & Math
209
93
48
10
360
Reading/ELA
547
183
63
28
821
Reading/ELA & Mathematics
164
81
147
32
424
Mathematics
133
122
84
24
363
* Denotes campus received Met Standard rating plus all three possible distinctions
under the 2013 state accountability system.
“Under the new accountability system, these designations recognize outstanding work at the campus level that would not be acknowledged in previous years,” said Commissioner Williams. “Despite the many positive numbers, I am confident school leaders across our state share my concern for the number of campuses where improvement is still required, especially at the elementary level. If we can target our efforts in those grade levels today, the state will see improvements for all students in the years ahead.”
 
Commissioner Williams noted that while the four components of the new accountability system are in place, future adjustments will be made based on district and stakeholder feedback. In addition, House Bill 5 (passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature) requires stronger measures of postsecondary readiness to be added to the system
 
To view the 2013 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses, visit the Texas Education Agency web site at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2013/index.html.
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