TEA to publicly release preliminary “work in progress” ratings in A-F accountability system
FORT BEND ISD (January 5, 2016) – On Friday, the Texas Education Agency is expected to release preliminary ratings in a newly-created and still-developing A-F accountability system that is set to take effect in August of 2018. House Bill 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, changes the current accountability system from a four index system to a five domain system, with each campus and the District receiving six A-F letter grades: one grade in five domains and an overall grade.
In a resolution calling for state legislators to repeal the new system, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees noted that the majority (55%) of the A through F grades will be based on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), a high-stakes, standardized test that does not accurately measure student learning. The preliminary report that is set to be released will include ratings in four of the five new domains, and no overall grades. In information provided to districts in December, the TEA noted that the targets used to determine the preliminary January 2017 ratings are subject to change, and the final targets are scheduled to be adopted in the Texas Administrative Code in spring 2018.
In anticipation of the public release of the preliminary report, FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre reiterated the District’s commitment to continuous improvement despite how the state chooses to measure and report student performance.
“I regret that our state legislature has chosen to implement an A-F rating system that does not accurately represent the teaching and learning that occurs each day, nor recognizes the growth our students achieve toward reaching their full potential due to the work of our outstanding, dedicated teachers,” said Dupre.
“Neither the current or future state accountability system will cause us to change our focus on meeting the needs of each unique student in FBISD. We know it is incumbent upon us to inspire and equip our students for futures beyond what they can imagine, and our mission is not changing.”
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