School districts across Texas received their possible letter ratings under the state’s proposed new accountability system Friday.
The controversial system will not go into effect until August of 2018, but the state took it on a test run today (Friday), releasing the letter grades that Texas public school districts would have received, should the system have been in place during the 2015-2016 school year.
Based on the four domains that were measured, Brenham ISD was assigned the following letter grades:
Domain I: Student Achievement - C
- Based on student passing rate for STAAR
Domain II: Student Progress - C
- Student improvement from year to year
Domain III: Closing Performance Gaps - D
- How well the school performs relevant to student poverty
Domain IV: Postsecondary Readiness - C
- How well the school district prepares the student for college, careers or the military
As of Thursday, 152 Texas school districts adopted resolutions opposing the A-F school rating system, including Brenham ISD.
In a statement issued Friday, Brenham ISD said:
“These letter grades are primarily linked to STAAR test performance, which does not truly represent the quality of the educational experience that students in BISD and across the state receive in public schools. While we respect the TEA's role as a state agency charged with the oversight and monitoring of the state's public schools, we do not embrace or recognize a rating or ranking of our schools based on this narrow of an indicator or a single day performance of our students.
As stated in earlier communications, BISD joins the numerous school districts across the state that vehemently oppose the TEA letter grade designations. We believe this system does very little to help school districts actually improve. This is not the manner in which parents encourage students to improve academically, this is not the way we ask teachers to improve professionally, and this should not be the way we expect districts to ultimately improve. Our focus is to provide a quality education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design.
Our schools are so much more than one test, and our students are so much more than one score. Brenham ISD remains fully committed to academic excellence for all students and will continue to advocate for our district with our lawmakers. “
For months many school districts in Texas have voiced their opposition to the new system, which they say undermine the efforts of hard working students and staff, devastate morale, and have the potential to negatively impact local real estate values.
Even some nationally ranked campuses in Texas didn’t receive A’s under the new system, with some schools that received top marks from the state a few months ago getting unacceptable scores in certain categories.
Advocates for the new system say the A-F accountability ratings is easier to understand than the previous “met standard” or “improvement required” ratings.