Central Texas Public School Rankings and Scores Decoded

Central Texas Public School Rankings and Scores Decoded

Being Teravista residents, our students are fortunate to feed into either the Round Rock Independent School District (ISD) or Georgetown ISD, both highly acclaimed school districts in Central Texas. But if you’re like us, we needed a little explanation of how our public schools were ranked and how our local schools scored…

In this blog series on Austin Area schools, we’ll decode the new rating system, show you how our Round Rock and Georgetown schools scored, share the rankings of our neighboring ISDs and present the top private schools and local charter schools in the greater Austin area.

In 2013, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) accountability system to rate public schools and school districts was replaced by a whole new rating system. It is based on the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) and introduces new Distinction Designations as academic excellence is no longer awarded with the Gold Performance Acknowledgments.

Why the New Rating System
The goal of the new accountability rating system is to improve academic performance and to provide a more comprehensive overview of academic achievement for each school and district. The new ratings are: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Improvement Required and Not Rated. To receive the rating of Met Standard, schools must meet four performance index targets – Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post-secondary Readiness. Schools that Met Standard are eligible for Distinction Designations in seven categories: Academic Achievement in Reading/English & Language Arts, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, Post-secondary Readiness.

For each of the mentioned index targets, a school can receive a score of up to 100. But since each index is evaluated (and presented) individually, it gives a much better overview of a school’s performance because poor performance in one area and academic excellence in others does not affect the overall rating. Schools that fail to meet the criteria in one index do not receive the designation of Met Standard even if they have the maximum score possible in other three indexes. Instead, they are rated with Improvement Required with the rating report clearly indicating where improvement is required.

Rating Designations Explained

Met Standard   As explained earlier, schools that meet the criteria in all four target indexes are awarded the designation of Met Standard and may receive Distinction Designations. These are awarded on the basis of a school’s performance in comparison to a control group.

Met Alternative Standard  Some schools are evaluated under the alternative education accountability (AEA) and cannot receive the rating of Met Standard because they are evaluated under different performance standards. Those that meet the AEA standards are awarded the rating of Met Alternative Standard.

Improvement Required  Schools that fail to meet the accountability criteria in one or more performance index targets are assigned the rating of Improvement Required.

Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues  Schools that can’t be rated, either due to data integrity or accuracy issues affecting the results of performance measurement, are Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues. This, however, does not necessarily mean these schools are not a good choice. For example, some schools were Not Rated because they didn’t have enough students to calculate index score.

 

More from the blog series on Austin Area schools:
Round Rock ISD and Georgetown ISD School Scores
Scores of Neighboring Austin Area School Districts
Greater Austin Area Private & Charter Schools

 

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Jason Taylor, Realty Austin REALTOR®, is a Teravista resident and avid supporter of his community.  Together with his team, Jason publishes the popular neighborhood newsletter Teravista Today.  His strong communication skills and enthusiasm combined with a deep knowledge of local real estate has helped him establish an exceptional professional reputation. Read more about Jason.

 

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