The Texas Education Agency uses a new accountability system that assigns one of three
ratings to all : Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required.
The ratings are based on a revised system that uses various indicators to provide
greater detail on the performance of a district and each individual campus. The performance
index framework includes four areas:
Student Achievement - Represents a snapshot of performance across all subjects, on
both general and alternative assessments, at an established performance standard.
Student Progress - Provides an opportunity for diverse campuses to show improvements
made independent of overall achievement levels. Growth is evaluated by subject and
Closing Performance Gaps - Emphasizes improving academic achievement of the economically
disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing race/ethnicity student groups
at each campus or district.
Postsecondary Readiness - Includes measures of high school completion, and beginning
in 2014, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) performance at
the postsecondary readiness standard.
Districts and campuses with students in Grade 9 or above must meet targets on all
four indexes. Districts and campuses with students in Grade 8 or lower must meet
targets on the first three indexes (excluding Postsecondary Readiness).
For those schools that achieve the rating of Met Standard, additional distinction
designations can also be assigned.