Repost!  The 85th Texas Legislature passed a law that requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to give A-F letter grades to every public school district in the state beginning in 2018. This is the first time in Texas’ 24-year history of rating schools and districts that A-F letter grades will be given, and the change has generated controversy.  A-F letter grades: 1) increase the pressure to pay attention to state tests; 2) ignore most non-test-based school quality factors; 3) demoralize teachers, students and parents; 4) do not explain the underlying causes of either “good” or “bad” ratings; and, 5) are assigned as single-character ratings to schools and districts after an entire school year has ended. view article arw

Nothing is fair about this simplistic, test-driven system that doesn’t reflect how schools are progressing and serving their students and communities view article arw

It didn’t take long for parents and administrators to jump to the district’s defense after the Texas Education Agency rated it lower than expected. On Wednesday, the TEA released accountability ratings for the 2017-18 school year. All Little Elm ISD campuses received an overall rating of “Met Standard” and the district received a “C” letter grade. “This new system in no way provides parents and community members with a true representation of the performance or opportunities that schools across Texas are providing students. view article arw

Districts and campuses across the state received their new “A-F” district ratings and individual campus ratings of “met standard” or “improvement required” on Wednesday as part of the Texas Education Agency’s annual accountability ratings. Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said during a press conference at the district on Wednesday that he was disappointed by the state’s “D” rating for his district but insisted the school did make extensive academic gains, increasing STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test scores by 74 points. view article arw

Heavy equipment growled and screeched and construction workers hollered as they hustled about outside but there was no way they could be louder than the exaltations and exhuberations at the press conference/pep rally/prayer meeting that played out inside Worthing High School Wednesday morning. Houston ISD had dodged a bullet. The Texas Education Agency preliminary rankings were out and the district's schools had improved enough that there would be no takeover of the district by the state. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released overall school district rankings on an A through F scale Wednesday, but for the Texas Association of School Administrators, the TEA's new school grading system doesn't evaluate districts fairly. "We are all for accountability, but we really believe in a comprehensive model — and we feel like the new A through F model is more of just a snapshot," said Casey McCreary with TASA. view article arw

School starts today in Amarillo Independent School District. However, it is not too early to start talking grades. For the first time, the Texas Education Agency is releasing today grades for school districts - specifically letter grades based on the traditional “A” through “F” grading system. view article arw

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -Every staff and faculty member attending the 2018 Nacogdoches ISD convocation found a black T-shirt with 'Return of the Nac'  printed on the front waiting for him or her.  It's the message Interim NISD Superintendent Alton Frailey left listeners thinking. Frailey told teachers he wants the district to strive toward achievement and have a reputation for which the community can be proud.  These kinds of gatherings usually end and start in an upbeat way. It began with faculty and staff taking a lighthearted look at themselves. Videos of them dancing to popular music set the relaxed tone.  view article arw

Schools across Texas will be given a letter grade from the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday, a change from their previous “pass/fail” system. During the last legislative session, a house bill created criteria to determine academic performance of Texas schools -- student achievement, school progress and 'closing the gaps.' On Wednesday, districts and schools are given a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F for their overall performance. view article arw

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, let's talk a little bit about accountability. It's a term that gets tossed around a lot, but we get the sense that it is not as thoroughly understood as it is criticized. The Texas Education Agency this week released the results of the state's latest accountability system. That system has come under fire for its emphasis on standardized tests, but it strikes us as a sensible approach to the work that needs to be done to push for what TEA Commissioner Mike Morath characterizes as "continuous improvement." view article arw

Here are five tips as you prepare to send your children to school this fall. These suggestions especially are offered for parents experiencing the poignant ritual of sending their children to school for the first time. I still recall the tears that welled up in my eyes as my wife and I walked to the car after dropping our children off for the first day of kindergarten. Trust me, this is not an easy rite of passage.  view article arw

Despite a district-wide B rating, Goliad’s superintendent does not have faith in the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system. “It’s not a true reflection of the work our students do,” said Superintendent Dave Plymale. Overall, the district earned a score of 81 out of 100, or a B rating. The district’s three campuses, Goliad High, Middle and Elementary schools met standards with scores of 80, 81 and 68, respectively. view article arw

The release of academic accountability ratings this week brought enormous relief to Houston ISD, which avoided state sanctions and would have scored a district-wide "B" rating if not for a waiver tied to Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

Houston ISD and civic leaders celebrated Wednesday after learning that four of the district’s longest-struggling campuses met state academic standards this year, staving off potentially major sanctions that have loomed for months over Texas’ largest public school district. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District received a "B" letter grade from the Texas Education Agency in a report released Wednesday for a new "A-F" school rating system passed by the Legislature last year. Following pushback from school leaders, state lawmakers delayed implementation of letter grades for individual campuses until 2019, although each campus did receive a numerical grade. Five AISD campuses received failing grades, one more than last year. view article arw

Coppell ISD officials said they oppose the new Texas Education Agency program that assigns every school district in Texas a letter grade based on how well the district performs. CISD Superintendent Brad Hunt sent out the following letter to parents Wednesday morning explaining the district's position on the grades: view article arw

Dallas ISD scored a B — as in “better than expected” — in a new state grading system that’s destined to become a barometer of workforce readiness for the business community.  School, business and government officials gathered Wednesday in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s office downtown to tout the grade and promise more improvement to the education system.  “We have not finished,” Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “It’s a marathon and we have a lot more work to do." view article arw

None of Bexar County’s 16 traditional school districts failed — but only its three military districts received A grades — in state accountability rankings released Wednesday. The Alamo Heights, North East, Northside and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City independent school districts got Bs. The South San Antonio and Edgewood ISDs each got a D. The rest received Cs.  It was the first time that Texas handed out letter grades to its school districts and most local superintendents have not welcomed the change. Even leaders of districts with relatively high ratings said the new system oversimplifies the complexity of educational effort and outcomes.  view article arw

The Comal Independent School District received a B grade from the Texas Education Agency in the first issuance of the state’s new accountability rating system. The Texas Education Agency released its annual school and district accountability rankings Wednesday morning. The TEA’s new A-F system went into effect for the first time this year for ratings given to overall districts. view article arw

Texas on Wednesday issued its first letter grade academic accountability  view article arw

Fort Worth schools earned a “C” ranking and reduced the number of campuses listed as “improvement required” by the state from 14 to 11 — a sign that the 86,000-student district is moving in the “right direction,” said Superintendent Kent Scribner. “We are on our way to becoming one of the highest performing urban districts in the state,” Scribner said Wednesday, adding that he is optimistic that the district is turning a corner in academic gains and accountability. view article arw

A Democratic legislator declared that state aid fully fuels Texas charter schools while schools serving the vast bulk of students field less money. State Rep. Donna Howard of Austin said in her July 18, 2018 tweet: "Here's the thing. In Tx, charters get 100% state $/pupil funding while district schools (95% students) get about 1/3 funding from state w/ rest coming from local prop taxes (which is why those taxes are so high). Districts getting less b/c scarce $ going to charters." view article arw

The latest state accountability ratings are out, reflecting the first official A through F grades for school districts across the state for 2017 performance. Nine Rio Grande Valley districts scored A grades, the top letter grade a district can achieve. “We have an unbelievable number of high performing campuses and high performing districts in the Rio Grande Valley, and I think it’s worthy of celebration throughout the state of Texas and throughout the country,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. view article arw

Pearland, TX — The head of the TEA is defending the state’s new school rating system.  Wednesday marked the first time districts got letter grades of “A” through “F,” but some area superintendents continue to express concerns.  Alvin ISD. Superintendent Buck Gilcrease cited his concerns in a letter to parents. “The State’s “A through F” rating system defies logic and is confusing to everyone,” wrote Gilcrease.Morath told KHOU 11 News that a ton of changes were made to the rating system after getting months of feedback from stakeholders.  “I know superintendents that disagree with this rating system do so because they love kids and the way they analyze performance is somewhat different,” said Morath. view article arw

Lewisville ISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers wrote the following to address the new rating system by the Texas Education Agency:  You will soon see news reports regarding school ratings from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Lewisville ISD wants to encourage you to view these ratings for what they are — a misguided attempt to label our schools based almost solely on flawed standardized testing. Lewisville ISD rejects this form of accountability, as our district and our schools are more than a grade based on a state standardized test. view article arw

Today’s A-F accountability labels provide few meaningful insights regarding our public schools and students. As we have seen in past years, accountability labels are generally better at tracking economically disadvantaged students than they are at measuring how much our children are learning. Parents and communities want students to be prepared for the future and engaged in their learning. Information about schools should focus on how well they are accomplishing those goals. Educators already know which students need help. We should be focused on providing resources and opportunities to students and their teachers that are needed for their success rather than developing additional ways to focus on a standardized test or gimmicky labels. These new A-F labels will not automatically change student performance in school, nor will they bring solutions to lower-performing schools. Most importantly, new A-F labels tell educators, parents, and communities little if anything new or useful about their local schools. read more arw

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today 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. School district ratings (including charter operators) by category include: view article arw

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the 2018 state accountability ratings for more than 8,700 campuses statewide. Campuses receive one of three ratings under the accountability system: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required. Campus ratings in 2018 are as follows:  view article arw

Following release of 2018 state accountability ratings by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today commended the work taking place in high-performing school districts statewide. Under the 2018 A-F state accountability system, 153 school districts and district charters achieved an A rating. Commissioner Morath noted that many of those districts are accomplishing strong performance for all its students in areas with high levels of poverty. view article arw

It’s time to start grading the papers of the people elected to run the state of Texas, to translate voters’ thoughts and feelings about the way things are going into the job reviews that will be delivered in this year’s general election.  It’s the seasonal cycle of this electoral democracy. We elect them. They do stuff. We decide whether to keep or replace them.  Elected officials adore this sort of judgement when it’s directed at others. view article arw

All seven of the school districts in Lavaca County met state academic standards, according to the Texas Education Agency. The agency scores school districts based on criteria like student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and readiness for life beyond school – for example, college, careers or the military. view article arw

Houston ISD will avoid major state sanctions for at least one year after four of its longest-struggling schools met state academic standards this year, according to preliminary results released Wednesday. view article arw


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That is kind of a loaded question, because there have been a number of significant changes in recent years, both positive and negative.  But here is a significant change that I don’t hear anyone else talking about. view article arw

Two school districts serving Longview students received an "A" in accountability ratings the Texas Education Agency released Wednesday. The Spring Hill and Hallsville school districts each received the top rating in the new system. Beginning this year, all multicampus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A through F scale, according to the TEA.  Single-campus school districts and charters continue to received one of three ratings: met standard, met alternative standard or improvement required.  view article arw

The New Braunfels Independent School District received a B grade from the Texas Education Agency in the first issuance of the state’s new accountability rating system. The Texas Education Agency released its annual school and district accountability rankings Wednesday morning. The TEA’s new A-F system went into effect for the first time this year for ratings given to overall districts. view article arw