Texas Education Agency Releases 2013 Accountability Ratings

The Texas Education Agency released the 2013 state accountability system ratings for more than 1200 school districts and charters, and more than 8,500 campuses across the state of Texas. The ratings reveal that almost 93 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.

Districts, campuses and charters receive one of three ratings under the new accountability system: Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required. Only 6.5% of the districts in the state received the rating of Improvement Required, leaving 92.5% of the states district met standard.

The 2013 ratings are based on a revised system that uses various indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:

*Student Achievement–Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard.

*Student Progress–Provides an opportunity for diverse campuses to show improvements made independent of overall achievement levels. Growth is evaluated by subject and student group.

*Closing Performance Gaps–Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race ethnicity student groups at each campus or district.

*Postsecondary Readiness–Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning in 2014,
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) performance at the postsecondary readiness standard.

Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all four indexes.

Levelland ISD and all districts on the South Plains Met Standard. We will post a more detailed report for campuses next week.

About Drew Dunn

News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at www.klvtradio.com
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