More than 92 percent of districts and nearly 85 percent of Texas schools meet the state's minimum education standards and many earned distinctions, the Texas Education Agency said Thursday in releasing ratings using a new accountability system.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams scrapped the old system that relied on standardized test scores. The new accountability system uses test scores, graduation rates and college admission exams to calculate indexes for student achievement, student progress, student readiness for college or work and how well a school is helping disadvantaged children.
Districts and schools will have either "met standard," "met alternative standard" or "improvement required."
Forty-two percent of the state's schools won recognition for student progress, mathematics or English. The agency said 778 schools and 80 districts require improvement.
Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington ISD's all received a rating of "met standard."
"The 2013 ratings confirm that the vast majority of districts and campuses are meeting the state's standards and providing a quality education for our students," Williams said. "Under the new accountability system, these designations recognize outstanding work at the campus level that would not be acknowledged in previous years."
STAAR standardized test scores make up the first of four indexes to a school's rating. The others include student progress on those tests, the school's pace in closing the performance gap for disadvantaged kids and the student's readiness for life after high school by looking at graduation rates and scores on college placement tests.
Schools and districts will no longer receive the exemplary, recognized, academically acceptable and academically unacceptable ratings, which school administrators complained were unfairly based solely on test scores.
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