Frequently Asked Questions

  • Accountability Frequently Asked Questions - General Information

  • General Information

    1. When do districts and campuses receive their accountability ratings?  

    Each district receives its accountability ratings on August 14, 2019. By August 7, 2019, each district receives student lists and data tables for each domain. By analyzing that information, districts and campuses may anticipate their ratings. Accountability ratings are released to the public on August 15, 2019.

    2. What are the domain cut points for 2019?  

    Cut points vary for each domain, depend on the campus type (elementary, middle, high/K12), and whether the campus is an alternative education campus. Chapter 5 of the 2019 Accountability Manual provides the domain cut points.

    3. Are all districts and campuses, including new campuses, rated in 2019?

    Beginning the first year they report fall enrollment, school districts and charter schools are rated based on the aggregate results of students in their campuses. Districts without any students enrolled in the grades for which STAAR assessments are administered (3-12) are assigned the rating label of Not Rated.

    Beginning the first year they report fall enrollment, campuses, including alternative education campuses, and open-enrollment charter schools are rated based on the performance of their students. For the purposes of assigning accountability ratings, campuses that do not serve any grade level for which the STAAR assessments are administered are paired with campuses in their district that serve students who take STAAR. Please see Chapter 7 of the 2019 Accountability Manual for information on pairing.

    4. Are some districts and/or campuses, excluded from the 2019 accountability system?  

    Yes, some campuses are excluded from state accountability because they did not have membership, as defined by Average Daily Attendance eligibility. Thus, a campus must have valid membership combined with enrollment in order to be included in the set of campuses for use in the accountability system.

    5. In 2018, a district could not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district included any campus with an overall or corresponding domain rating of Improvement Required. With the implementation of letter grade ratings for campuses, this step is updated for 2019 to align with statute. Statute specifies a district may not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district includes any campus with a corresponding overall or domain rating of D or F. Does this provision also apply to each of the School Progress domain parts?

    No. This provision only considers the resolved School Progress domain rating. In other words, if the better of School Progress, Part A or Part B is a D or F for a campus, the district School Progress domain scaled score is limited to an 89.

    Keep in mind that this provision applies from domain to domain rating and overall to overall rating. For example, if a campus earns a D in Student Achievement, the district's Student Achievement scaled score is limited to an 89. If a campus earns a D overall, the district's overall scaled score is limited to an 89.

    6.  Is membership the same as enrollment?  

    Membership is slightly different from enrollment. Membership does not include those students who are served in the district for fewer than two hours per day. Membership and Eligibility for Attendance and Foundation School Program (FSP) Funding defines membership as follows:

    Both membership and eligibility to generate average daily attendance (ADA) are related to the amount of time that a student receives instruction each day. However, they are not the same. A student is in membership in your district if the student is enrolled in the district and is either

    • scheduled to attend at least two hours of instruction each school day or
    • participates in an alternative attendance accounting program. 

    7. Are state-administered districts and/or campuses, excluded from the 2019 accountability system?  

    State-administered school districts, including Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Texas School for the Deaf, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and Windham School District are not assigned a state accountability rating.

    8. All the campuses in our district are rated or higher, but the district is rated an F. How is this possible?

    It's not uncommon for a campus to have a higher rating than its district. This could be caused by any of several scenarios:

    • One or more student groups are excluded from a campuses accountability rating because the groups do not meet minimum size criteria. At the district level, however, these student groups meet minimum size criteria and are included in the district's accountability rating.
    • Students move between campuses in a district during the school year. The STAAR results of these students may be excluded from the accountability ratings of either campus according to accountability subset rules. The results are, however, included in the district's accountability ratings.
    • If the district is evaluated in all four areas: Student Achievement; School Progress, Part A: Academic Growth; School Progress, Part B: Relative Performance; or Closing the Gaps and receives an F rating in three of the four areas, the highest overall scaled score the district can receive is a 59; however, for 2019, if the Student Achievement domain rating is a D or higher, this provision is not applied.

    9. How will multiple-year Unacceptable status for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions be determined this year?

    In determining consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions, only years that a district, charter school, or campus is assigned an accountability rating shown below will be considered.

    • 2019: A, B, C, D, F for districts and campuses
    • 2018: A, B, C, D, F for districts and Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Improvement Required for campuses
    • 2013-2017: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Improvement Required
    • 2012: (No state accountability ratings issued)
    • 2004-2011: Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable, Academically Unacceptable, AEA: Academically Acceptable, AEA: Academically Unacceptable

    While no ratings were issued in 2012, an Improvement Required rating assigned in 2013 and Academically Unacceptable/AEA: Academically Unacceptable ratings assigned in 2011 are considered consecutive years. In addition, although the consecutive years of F/Improvement Required ratings may be separated by one or more years of temporary closure or Not Rated ratings, such separations, whether for single or multiple years, do not break the chain of consecutive years of unacceptable ratings for purposes of accountability interventions and sanctions. This policy applies to districts and charter schools as well as campuses when Not Rated and Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues labels are assigned.

    More information is available on the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/.