In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3 mandating the creation of an entirely
new accountability system focused on the achievement of postsecondary readiness for all Texas
public school students. Texas Education Agency (TEA) has worked closely with public school
personnel and others to develop an integrated accountability system based on the following goals
and guiding principles.
- The system is designed to comply with statutory requirements.
- Districts are responsible for submitting accurate data upon which ratings are based.
- The system relies on local school districts to develop and implement local accountability systems that complement the state system.
- Distinction designations are based on higher levels of student performance.
To achieve these goals, a three-tiered approach of assigning accountability ratings based on four
performance indexes, awarding distinction designations, and applying system safeguards were
implemented beginning with the 2013 accountability system. Accountability ratings are assigned
to every district and campus in the Texas public education system each year. In 2014, the system
assiged a rating label – Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required –
based on the evaluation of four performance indexes for Student Achievement, Student Progress,
Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.
The indexes include assessment results from the State of Texas Assessments of Academic
Readiness (STAAR) testing program, graduation rates, and rates of students achieving the Recommended High School Program and Distinguished Achievement (Advanced) High School Program. In addition to evaluating performance for all students, the performance of the following individual groups of students are evaluated in the performance index framework - All Students, African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, White, Two or More Races, Students served by Special Education, Economically Disadvantaged, and English Language Learners (ELLs).
Distinction designations were awarded to campuses based on campus performance compared to a group of campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics. Distinctions designations acknowledge that these campuses meet accountability standards and demonstrate outstanding academic performance for indicators other than those used to determine accountability ratings.
System safeguards are applied to ensure that performance on each subject, indicator, and student group is addressed, and all state and federal accountability requirements are incorporated into the accountability system.
Questions regarding Student Performance and Accountability should be addressed to:
Latitia Wilson, Director Research Accountability and Planning