Work in Progress: A-F Ratings

Work in Progress:  A-F Ratings

What is A-F?

  • House Bill 2804, passed by the 84th Legislature in 2015, made substantial changes to Texas’ public school accountability system.
    • This includes the creation of A-F ratings (report cards) for school districts and campuses based on performance
  • These labels are not formally applied to campuses and school districts until the 2017-2018 school year.

What are the components to A-F?

  • The 2018 ratings will be in the form of A-F letter grades assigned for each district and campus in five domains, which include:
    • I: Meeting standards at satisfactory and college readiness levels on STAAR
    • II: STAAR annual improvement at satisfactory and college readiness levels
    • III: Reducing “academic achievement differentials” from different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds; that is, closing the distance to a predetermined target for specific student groups
    • IV: Academic attainments (other than STAAR) that differ by campus level, including drop out and graduation rates, CTE sequence completion, AP course completion, TSI benchmarks and more for high schools; attendance, dropout rates and high school, college and career preparatory instruction for middle schools; and attendance for elementary schools.
    • V: Three self-selected categories of the Community and Student Engagement ratings.

Why is the state releasing the ratings now?

  • In efforts to be transparent, the state will release/has released a beta version of ratings for each school district and campus in Texas.
    • This is done to show a snapshot of where public schools/districts could fall when the A-F ratings are applied in the 2017-2018 school year.
    • The state is calling these ‘what if’ ratings and they will be shared with Legislators in January.
    • It is important to note these ratings are based on incomplete data (data from 2015-2016).
    • The law requires overall ratings in 2018.

What is NISD’s stance?

  • Northwest ISD opposes the A-F rating system. In 2012, the Board approved Community-Based Accountability Measures of Success, which takes a multi-measured approach to evaluating students (beyond the test score) examples include: volunteer and community outreach, college scholarships, dual credit courses, internships and more.
  • What do we mean by multi-measured?
    • NISD advocates for an accountability system that looks beyond one grade and one exam. The district supports an accountability system that is meaningful and has value to students, parents, and teachers and measures what the community deems appropriate in promoting college and career readiness.
  • NISD is not celebrating these ratings but is instead embracing an opportunity to continue to share the positives happening within the school district and community-based on what the community has shared is important in NISD’s Community-Based Accountability System.

How Can I Speak Out Against A-F?

  • The 85th Legislative Session begins/began on January 10. NISD has established Legislative priorities that can be found at www.nisdtx.org/legislative.
    • The A-F rating system could change during the Legislative session.
    • If you wish to speak out about the rating system, you can contact your Legislatures by going to www.nisdtx.org/legislative to see a list of contacts.