House Bill 2804: "A-F" Academic Accountability System
House Bill (HB) 2804, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature (2015), requires changes to the state public school accountability system. The changes—in effect beginning with the 2017–18 school year, with the first ratings to be issued August 2018—include creating five domains of indicators that will be used to evaluate districts and campuses regarding three main goals:
- Preparing students for postsecondary success
- Reducing achievement gaps among students from different racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Informing parents and the community about district and campus performance
The bill also creates A–F rating labels to describe district and campus performance. Districts and campuses will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for performance in each of the five domains and for overall performance.
The bill further requires that the agency release a report to the Texas Legislature by January 1, 2017, showing the ratings that each district and campus would have received for Domains I–IV for the 2015–16 school year if the A–F rating system had been in place.
The ratings in this report will be based on development of the A–F system as of December 2016.
Understanding the New "A-F" Academic Accountability System
The Assessment and Research Department and Teaching and Learning Department are working with principals and teachers to understand the new A-F system before the indicators that will be used to calculate the ratings are known. This is in addition to the district’s ongoing efforts to identify ways that all campuses can improve their instruction efforts.
As new and relevant information is released, we are working diligently to inform parents, students and the community members about the new system and the implications of "A-F" ratings for campuses and the district.