Texas school district and campus ratings come out today. Terms like exemplary and acceptable won’t be there.
For the next few years, the Texas Education Agency will only say schools and districts have Met Standard, meaning they’ve met the standard set by the TEA. If they don’t, The TEA will say Improvement Required. Basically, a school district either passes or fails.
Alternative and charter schools will be rated Met Alternative Standard, or not.
The change is designed to encourage and measure overall progress in student performance and in schools themselves.
These changes are temporary, as the TEA prepares letter grades for schools and districts, expected in three years. The agency also says the new rating system is not tied to the recent House Bill 5, which cut the number of final exams from fifteen down to five.