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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced the 2022 accountability ratings for independent school districts and charter schools across the state for the first time since 2019. 

Each year, TEA issues ratings for districts and schools across Texas. These ratings are based on student achievement and progress as measured by the STAAR test. However, due to COVID-19, schools did not receive ratings for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. 

To view school ratings, beginning Monday, August 15, families can visit TXschools.gov, and search by entering a school’s name and their personal address. Families will have access to view detailed school ratings and profile information for all Texas public schools and charters. 

“We encourage families to learn about their children’s school performance on the STAAR tests through the TEA ratings,” said Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine. “Our students and educators have faced many challenges but continue to make exceptional progress. I am beyond proud of their accomplishments, and I am eager to see all they achieve this school year.” 

The accountability ratings are based on three domains:

  • Student Achievement: evaluates State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course (EOC) performance in selected grades and subjects for all students on general and alternate assessments, college, career and military readiness indicators (CCMR), and graduation rates. 
  • School Progress: measures district and campus outcomes in two ways: first, academic growth, students who grew at least one year academically (or maintained high performance) in reading and math as measured by STAAR results, and second, relative performance, the overall campus achievement relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages. 
  • Closing the Gaps: uses disaggregated (student group) data in four indicators to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other student groups. 

STAAR is a series of standardized tests used in Texas elementary and secondary schools to measure students’ achievement and progress in selected grade levels. It includes assessments in grades three through eight in mathematics, reading, science, and social studies. STAAR EOC assessments are given in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History. 

Three performance levels reflect degrees of success students can achieve on STAAR assessments: “approaches grade level or above,” “meets grade level or above,” and masters grade level.” 

Along with other multiple measures collected throughout the school year, STAAR and EOC results help inform instructional decisions to improve the student learning experience. 

For a second consecutive year, SBISD had significant improvement among grade levels across the district. The preliminary results reflected improvement in combined third through eighth grades across every subject at every performance level by up to 11 points. Among elementary students (grades three through five), performance improved in every grade and subject area at the “approaches” and “meets grade level” categories by up to 19 points.

“I am grateful for our district leadership, teachers and staff, parents and our community, who are focused on supporting our students,” added Dr. Blaine. “Our Collaborative Spirit is reflected in our dedication to student success.” 

This school year, SBISD continues to focus on the T-2-4 vision which aims for every graduate to attain a technical certificate, military training or a two-year or four-year degree. 

Additionally, literacy, numeracy, social-emotional supports, English learners and Career & Technical Education (CTE), continue to be a priority to equip students with rich instructional experiences that will prepare them to enter the global workforce. 

“I am proud of SBISD’s continued progress and excited about the school year ahead,” concluded Dr. Blaine. “With focus and clarity around the district’s priorities, and the tremendous hard work and commitment from our educators, I am certain that we will continue to ensure Every Child reaches their full potential.” 

For more information about accountability ratings, please view TEA’s frequently asked questions in English and Spanish