The 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 22, establishing three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Districts and campuses will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for overall performance, as well as for performance in each domain.
The state accountability system uses student assessments (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR), but also makes use of additional indicators to provide greater detail on the performance of a district or charter and each individual campus throughout the state. The state accountability system uses a performance domain framework that considers three areas:
Student Achievement – evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, and graduation rates.
School Progress – measures district and campus outcomes in two areas: the number of students that grew at least one year academically (or are on track) as measured by STAAR results and the achievement of all students relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.
Closing the Gaps – uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors. The indicators are included in this domain, as well as the domain’s construction, align the state accountability system with the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).
Overall Scores and Ratings are determined by a weighted average of the individual domain scores.
The Student Achievement domain is an average of the percentage of students that performed at Approaches, Meets, and Masters in all STAAR-tested subjects. High schools are also evaluated on graduation rates and college and career readiness measures.
What does Student Progress mean?
The Student Progress domain represents the number of students that grew at least one year academically, as measured by STAAR results in Reading and Math.
What does Closing the Gaps measure?
Closing the Gaps Measures how students (grouped on various state-determined factors such as race, special programs, and socioeconomic status) perform compared to the student group as a whole.