House Bill 22, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, implemented a new ratings system which requires that every campus be given an A-F rating on three different areas of performance – "domains" – which will then be combined into one grade.
Notes on the A-F Accountability Ratings System:
- On August 15, the Texas Education Agency will release ratings based on 2018 data.
- Keller ISD will receive a letter grade, while campuses will receive a rating of Met Standard or Improvement Required.
- In mid-September, TEA will release "What If" letter grades for all campuses based on 2018 data.
- Keller ISD will not let these hypothetical scores distract its employees from the important work that lies ahead for our students and staff.
- We believe we are on the right track toward providing exceptional educational opportunities for our community and we appreciate your support as our teachers continue to lead all students in engaging and effective instruction.
Keller ISD and school districts across the state oppose the A-F rating system, which is clouded by complicated rules and calculations rather than clear and concise data that everyone can understand. The A-F ratings are not reflective of a community-based accountability system. Instead, A-F is a rating system that appears to be simple, but in fact, includes three domains, each with its own set of criterion and complicated data formulation that will not truly reflect the quality of a school or district.
Here is what is currently known about A-F rating systems:
- A-F rating systems are based predominantly on once-per-year standardized test scores;
- A-F rating systems have not worked in other states;
- To reduce the many measures of school and district performance to a single grade, A-F rating systems rely on pages upon pages of complicated rules and calculations;
- A-F rating systems fail to account for varying socioeconomic conditions that influence performance;
- Grades in an A-F rating system will align with wealth or poverty and likely punish poor schools for being poor;
- A-F rating systems provide no sense of what schools must do to improve;
- A-F rating systems create false impressions about entire neighborhoods of children and shame students.
(Source: A-F Talking Points 2017, Texas Association of School Administrators)
For more information about the A-F rating system, we encourage you to contact your elected representatives and ask them how ratings for the different domains will be calculated and what it will mean for your campus.