Distinction Designations

  • Distinction Designation In addition to the ratings, campuses that have a rating of Met Standard are eligible for up to seven Distinction Designations. Distinction Designations compare campus performance to the performance of forty similar campuses - if campus performance is at the same level as the top 10 campuses in their comparison group, then the campus earns a distinction. Four new Distinction Designations were added in 2014 bringing the total number to seven.

    1. Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts (ELAR) — The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/intermediate/junior high schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in reading/ELA.
    2. Academic Achievement in Mathematics — The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/intermediate/junior high schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in mathematics.
    3. Academic Achievement in Science  The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/intermediate/junior high schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in science.
    4. Academic Achievement in Social Studies - The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in relation to its campus comparison group on 50% or more (elementary/intermediate/junior high schools) or 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible measures in social studies.
    5. Top 25% Student Progress — The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) of performance on Index 2: Student Progress in relation to its campus comparison group.
    6. Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps — The campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) of performance on Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps in relation to its campus comparison group.
    7. Postsecondary Readiness — The campus (elementary/intermediate/junior high schools) ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in relation to its campus comparison group on the number of students meeting the final recommended passing standard on two or more of the STAAR tests taken. The high school campus ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) on 33% or more (high schools) of their eligible postsecondary measures. These indicators include: students meeting the final recommended passing standard on two or more of the STAAR tests taken, four-year longitudinal graduation rate, four-year longitudinal RHSP/DAP rate, college-ready graduates, advanced/dual enrollment course completion rate, SAT/ACT participation, SAT/ACT performance, and AP/IB examination performance on any subject. This is the only Distinction Designation that districts are eligible to earn by having at least 70% of its campus-level post-secondary indicators in the top quartile (top 25%) in their respective campus comparison groups.