State and Federal Accountability
The state of Texas assigns ratings that designate acceptable and unacceptable performance for districts and campuses. Since 2014, one of the following ratings has been assigned to each district and campus based on its performance on the required indices.
- Met Standard indicates acceptable performance and is assigned to districts and campuses that meet the targets on all required indices for which they have performance data.
- Met Alternative Standard indicates acceptable performance and is assigned to eligible Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) that are evaluated by Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) provisions. To receive this rating, eligible AECs must meet modified targets on all required indices for which they have performance data.
- Improvement Required indicates unacceptable performance and is assigned to districts and campuses, including AECs evaluated under AEA provisions, that do not meet the targets on all required indices for which they have performance data.
- Not Rated indicates that the campus did not receive a rating.
All available state ratings can be viewed in the State Accountability Ratings page.
At the close of 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA provides greater flexibility on federal accountability, allowing states to use their accountability systems to identify schools in need of improvement. Campuses that meet the criteria can be identified by the following labels:
- Priority Schools are Title I high schools with graduation rates of less than 60% and/or schools with the lowest achievement on reading/math system safeguards at the All Student level.
- Priority Progress Schools are Title I schools that were originally identified as Priority schools, but have improved to the point they no longer meet the original criteria for priority school identification.
- Focus Schools are Title I schools ranked by the widest gaps between reading/math performance of the federal student groups and safeguard targets of 75 percent.
- Focus Progress Schools are Title I schools that were originally identified as Focus schools, but have improved to the point they no longer meet the original criteria for focus school identification.
All available federal ratings can be viewed in the Federal Accountability Ratings page.