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Each year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) publishes Accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide. From 2012 to 2014, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was phased out and replaced by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test in accordance with to Texas Senate Bill 1031. With this change, the TEA adopted new nomenclature relating to the revised accountability system that accompanied this change.

Under the former system (prior to 2012), school or districts received one of four possible rankings:Exemplary (the highest possible ranking), RecognizedAcademically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable (the lowest possible ranking). In rare instances, the category Not Rated: Other was used. If you are researching properties and descriptive data uses these categories, the information is obsolete.

Starting in 2013, the new standard adopted labels as follows:

  • Met Standard indicates acceptable performance and is assigned to districts and campuses that meet the targets on all required indexes for which they have performance data.
  • Met Alternative Standard indicates acceptable performance and is assigned to eligible charter districts and alternative education campuses (AECs) that are evaluated by alternative education accountability (AEA) provisions.
  • Improvement Required indicates unacceptable performance and is assigned to districts and campuses, including charter districts and AECs evaluated under AEA provisions, that do not meet the targets on all required indexes for which they have performance data.

  • Not Rated indicates that a district or campus did not receive a rating. Some (but not all) reasons for this could include the following: the district or campus serves only students enrolled in early education; the district operates only residential facilities; the campus is a juvenile justice alternative education program; the campus is a disciplinary alternative education program; the campus is a residential facility; or the test documents for either the district or campus were lost in transit between the district and the test contractor.

  • Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues indicates that data accuracy and/or integrity have compromised performance results, making it impossible to assign a rating. The assignment of a Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues label may be permanent or temporary pending further investigation.

These new ratings are based on a system that uses a range of indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and individual campuses throughout the state. The performance index framework includes four areas:

  •  Student Achievement – Provides a snapshot of performance across all subjects
  • Student Progress – Measures year-to-year student progress by subject and student group
  • Closing Performance Gaps – Emphasizes the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups
  • Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military

Schools meeting a Met Standard rating are eligible for 7 distinctions

    • Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts (READING) 
    • Academic Achievement in Mathematics (MATH)
    • Academic Achievement in Science (SCIENCE) 
    • Academic Achievement in Social Studies (SOCIAL STUDIES) 
    • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress (PROG) 
    • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps (GAP)
    • Postsecondary Readiness (PREP)

More information about the ratings and distinctions can be found on the Texas Education Agency website.

Texas is a big state, and so is the North Texas real estate market! Our NTREIS MLS System currently covers 31 counties, 295 Districts / Charters, and 2,286 campuses. That is over a quarter of the State! If you are researching different Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex communities and schools, this resource makes quick work of looking up school ratings by County, by District, or by a particular campus name.