Texas Education Agency has released its annual statewide school accountability ratings.
TEA released its reports for school districts and individual campuses Aug. 15. Last year, TEA adopted a new system for issuing the annual ratings, switching to A-F “report card” ratings instead of the “met standard” and “needs improvement” ratings used previously.
According to TEA, three district-level graded areas assess important measures of a district’s overall educational success.
“Student Achievement” shows how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year. “School Progress” shows how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools. “Closing the Gaps” shows how well different groups of students within a school are performing, according to TEA’s website.
Kilgore ISD and Sabine ISD both showed an overall improvement in their overall district ratings and the same holds true for some other area school districts.
West Rusk County Consolidated Independent School District, located in New London, Henderson and Overton, received a “C” overall rating. While the district did not achieve a higher letter grade rating compared to last year, they did improve their overall score. They rated 77 out of 100 overall points for the 2018-2019 school year compared to 74 points for 2017-2018.
WRISD rated a “B” in student achievement, a “C” in school progress and a “C” in “Closing the Gaps.”
Each campus in the district earned a “C” rating, with the exception of Elder Cooperative Alternative School, for which state ratings do not apply.
Overton ISD made a big jump over last year’s rating, climbing from a “D” rating to a “B”.
The rating was boosted by an increase from 67 overall points in 2017-2018 to 83 points for 2018-2019.
OISD rated a “B” in student achievement and school progress and a “C” in “Closing the Gaps.”
Overton Elementary received a “D” campus rating and Overton High rated a “B”.
Leverett’s Chapel ISD moved down one letter grade in its overall district rating but only due to a decrease in two points. The district rated 91 out of 100 points for its “A” rating in 2017-2018 and 89 points for a “B” rating in 2018-2019.
LCISD rated a “B” in student achievement, an “A” in school progress and an “B” in “Closing the Gaps.”
Leverett’s Chapel Elementary and Junior High rated a “B” while Leverett’s Chapel High earned an “A”.
For more information on local school district accountability ratings, visit www.TXSchools.gov.