Federal and State Report Cards

Federal Report Card

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 aims to bring all students up to the proficient level on state tests and to hold states and schools more accountable for results. NCLB requires all districts and schools receiving Title I funds to meet goals for their total student populations and for specified demographic subgroups, including major ethnic/racial groups, economically disadvantaged students, limited English proficient (LEP) students, and students with disabilities.

For the 2013-14 school year, the State of Texas secured a conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of NCLB. Under the provisions of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, the state utilized data from the 2013 Accountability System to designate two categories of low performing schools (Priority and Focus).

Five percent of Title I schools in the state were designated as Priority schools. These schools include a combination of Tier I and II Texas Title I Priority Schools (TTIPS); Title I schools with graduation rates below 60 percent; and the lowest-performing Title I schools based on achievement results on reading/math safeguards at the All Student level.

Ten percent of Title I schools in the state – not otherwise designated as a Priority school – were designated as Focus schools. These schools include campuses with the widest gaps between reading/math performance of the federal student groups and safeguard targets of 75 percent.

To exit Priority or Focus status, a school must make significant progress for two consecutive years following interventions and no longer fit the criteria to be identified as a Priority or Focus school.

State Accountability

The State Accountability System for 2018 and beyond will consist of four areas:

  • Student Achievement Domain: Evaluates academic performance on STAAR and postsecondary readiness
  • School Progress Domain:
    • Part A: Academic Growth – Evaluates individual student growth on STAAR from year to year
    • Part B: Relative Performance – Compares a school’s Student Achievement Domain score to similar campuses
  • Closing the Gaps Domain: Focuses on performance of student groups

The highest of the scaled scores earned in Student Achievement, School Progress Part A: Academic Growth, and School Progress Part B: Relative Performance will contribute 70 percent of the overall campus/district rating, while the scaled score earned on Closing the Gaps will contribute 30 percent.  In 2018, for each of the four areas and overall, campuses will receive ratings of Met Standard or Improvement Required, and districts will receive grades of A-F. Starting in 2019, campuses and districts will both receive grades of A-F in each of the four areas, and overall.