School ratings are changing under a new accountability system that takes effect this year. The Texas Education Agency ratings will take into account a larger number of measures rather than being dependent on a single factor such as TAKS scores.
Effective immediately, schools will be rated either Met Standard or Improvement Required. (There is also a Met Alternative Standard for charter schools and alternative education campuses.) The new system is designed to improve student performance and prepare all students for success after high school. It is more comprehensive in that it addresses diversity of student populations and educational settings.
The school ratings system will look at four key indexes to determine Met Standard or Improvement Required status: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.
In previous years, schools were rated on a four-tier system of Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable and Academically Unacceptable and were heavily weighted by standardized test scores. Although STAAR test results play a vital role in the new ratings, other factors such as graduation rates and high school plan are also factors.
In addition, distinction designations will be awarded to campuses based on campus performance compared to a group of campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. These distinction designations acknowledge that these campuses not only met accountability standards but demonstrated outstanding academic performance in other areas.