The Texas Education Agency is charged with assessing public school students on what they have learned and determining district and school accountability ratings. One of two academic ratings is assigned to each district and campus: Met Standard or Improvement Required.
The state academic accountability system underwent an overhaul under House Bill (HB) 22 (85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017). The overall design of the accountability system evaluates performance according to three domains: Student Achievement , School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Below is a brief description of each Domain.
Student Achievement – evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, as well as College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, and graduation rates (high school and district level reports).
- Student Progress – measures district and campus outcomes in two areas:
- Part A, Student Growth: The number of students that grew at least one year academically as measured by STAAR results
- Part B - Relative Performance: The achievement of all students relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.
- Closing the Gaps – uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors. The indicators included in this domain, as well as the domain's construction, align the state accountability system with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
For more information about the state accountability system, visit the TEA Accountability Rating System website.