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Texas Education Agency releases 2019 A-F accountability ratings

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(Press Release) 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released its 2019 state accountability ratings for approximately 1,200 school districts and charter schools. Districts and charters once again received A-F ratings, but new this year are A-F ratings for individual schools. Statewide, hundreds of districts and schools improved their overall rating from 2018.

"Performance continues to improve in Texas schools because of the tireless effort of Texas teachers, administrators and staff. I am particularly proud of the educators at the 296 high-poverty schools that achieved an A rating this year," said Education Commissioner Mike Morath. "With resources on TXschools.gov, educators and parents and empowered as they never have been before to support even greater improvements in the future."

For a closer look at the new ratings, TEA encourages parents, educators and community members click here to view district and school report cards.

TXschools.gov has been enhanced with new several new features allowing visitors to better understand the accountability ratings data. These include ways to analyze trends, compare performance, and correlate results, as well as a new map feature which provides parents the ability to more easily view ratings of nearby schools.

The A-F system has remained consistent with last year's system. As in 2018, districts, charters, and schools are given an overall rating based on performance in three areas:

  • Student Achievement shows how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year.
  • School Progress shows how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools.
  • Closing the Gaps shows how well different groups of students within a school are performing.

A-F accountability uses a variety of indicators such as graduation rates, college, career and military readiness, SAT/ACT scores, and college prep course completion. The majority of a district's rating is based on indicators other than the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test.

Ratings for Region 17 schools are as follows: 

Abernathy ISD - A, 90
Amherst ISD - B, 86
Anton ISD - B, 85
Borden County ISD - A, 94
Brownfield ISD - C, 76
Cotton Center ISD - B, 85
Crosbyton ISD - B, 84
Dawson ISD - C, 77
Denver City ISD - B, 87
Floydada ISD - B, 89
Frenship ISD - A, 93
Guthrie CSD - A, 98
Hale Center ISD - B, 87
Idalou ISD - A, 95
Jayton-Girard ISD - A, 97
Klondike ISD - A, 99
Lamesa ISD - B, 86
Levelland ISD - B, 86
Littlefield ISD - A, 90 
Lockney ISD - B, 85
Loop ISD - B, 85
Lorenzo ISD - B, 89 
Lubbock ISD - B, 86
Lubbock-Cooper ISD - B, 89
Meadow ISD - B, 83
Morton ISD - B, 83
Motley County ISD - A, 90
Muleshoe ISD - B, 89
New Deal ISD - B, 89
New Home ISD - A, 97
O'Donnell ISD - B, 86
Olton ISD - B, 86
Paducah ISD - B, 88
Petersburg ISD - B, 88 
Plains ISD - A, 90
Plainview ISD - B, 85
Post ISD - B, 85
Ralls ISD - B, 85
Rise Academy - A, 95
Roosevelt ISD - B, 86
Ropes ISD - B, 87 
Sands CISD - B, 87
Seagraves ISD - C, 79
Seminole ISD - B, 82
Shallowater ISD - A, 94
Slaton ISD - B, 88
Smyer ISD - B, 85
South Plains Academy Charter District - B, 85
Southland ISD, B, 83
Springlake-Earth ISD - B, 85
Spur ISD - B, 89
Sudan ISD - A, 93
Sundown ISD - A, 97
Tahoka ISD - A, 90
Wellman-Union ISD - A, 91
Whiteface CISD - B, 86
Whitharral ISD - A, 90
Wilson ISD - D, 67


Lubbock-Cooper ISD released the following statement Thursday afternoon: 

Lubbock-Cooper ISD has been issued an accountability rating of "B" by the Texas Education Agency following the completion of STAAR tests by our students this spring. We are incredibly proud of the performance of our students and teachers on the STAAR.

While we acknowledge and accept the STAAR accountability rating as the measure utilized by the Texas Education Agency, we feel it important to note that this rating is a measure of success on one test taken on one day of the year. While the STAAR alone is the basis for the rating issued to Lubbock-Cooper ISD, the STAAR alone fails to account for evidence of learning, diversity, academic needs and competency, teaching strategies, extracurricular offerings, or cumulative performance. The STAAR accountability rating is a very important tool of measurement for some; to the administrators of Lubbock-Cooper ISD, the STAAR accountability rating is one of many measures used to gauge the growth, ability, needs, and success of our students. We feel it is irresponsible and an injustice to our students and teachers to rely upon the results of a single tool to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and level of dedication.

Unfortunately, this particular rating system is designed to highlight potential shortcomings rather than commend excellence. For example, Lubbock-Cooper ISD originally received an overall score of 92, or an "A" rating, based on the average scores of all nine of our campuses. Because one campus in the district received a failing grade, the district's score was artificially lowered to 89 so as to prevent the district from receiving an "A" rating; current scoring policy prohibited our district from receiving the rating our students and teachers earned. Regardless of discrepancies in the scoring system, we plan to use this single rating, among several other measures, as a guide to improve student growth and enhance learning throughout our district with intentionality and purpose.

Dubar Prep scored an "F" in all three categories. Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo blames that on the uncertainty surrounding the entire feeder network this past year, with the Lubbock partnership network and a state-approved plan in place. Rollo said she expects to be celebrating great progress there next year.

"We're so, so proud of the growth they have made," Rollo said, "and it is based on growth. Their growth was tremendous at Estacado. We still have a plenty of room to grow with achievement, but their growth was huge."

Frenship ISD also released a statement regarding its rating: 

On Thursday, August 15th, the Texas Education Agency released their performance rating for school districts across Texas. This year, Frenship ISD was assigned an ‘A’ letter grade for exemplary performance in all three categories of student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps.

Frenship ISD is proud to see improvement and receive the highest letter grade; however, no test or single letter grade can accurately reflect the complexities of educating a student or the numerous accomplishments received by students and staff each year. Rather than focus on a single district-wide letter grade, Frenship is, and will always be, focused on each individual student and providing them a quality education to prepare them for their future. Frenship will continue to create a thriving environment where learners maximize their potential and emerge as empowered, equipped and diverse leaders who engage and collaborate to positively impact communities.

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