Local districts get passing grades in new reporting system
The Texas Education Agency issued its report card for schools and districts last Friday, with almost all districts in this area getting a passing grade.
The ratings were based on new criteria, and also results were stated in a new simplified method. Either a school “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required”.
Schools were rated in four Accountability categories:
1. Student Achievement, based on STAAR test scores for the year.
2. Student Progress, in subjects like math and reading from year to year. (High Schools were not graded in this category, because they did not take STAAR tests last year.)
3. Closing Performance Gaps, or emphasis on high level achievement of the lowest performing students.
4. Postsecondary Readiness, or graduation rates and diploma plans.
In this area, school districts such as Galena Park, Channelview, and Sheldon all had every school meet the Pass category, or “Met Standard.”
However, Houston ISD had one school that didn’t, Furr High School, which was deficient in Postsecondary Readiness, graduation rates and diploma plans.
The state’s third largest district, Cypress-Fairbanks, earned the honor of being the biggest district in the state in which all campuses met the “pass” standard.
Although there were four accountability categories, in general they were all based on STAAR test scores. If a school did not pass in one of these four categories, it was listed as “improvement required” and this affected the district rating.
Districts complained that the rating system was very complex, and therefore difficult to find out how to improve their scores.
Channelview ISD Statement on Ratings: