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RISD posts a B, overall score of 88, on new A-F Accountability Ratings
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released 2018 accountability ratings under its new A-F letter grade rating system and Richardson ISD posted a B with an overall score of 88. 2018 ratings for schools remain either Met Standard or Improvement Required. Among RISD schools, 50 of 52 eligible campuses received a rating of Met Standard, and two received a rating of Improvement Required. In January, TEA will release school letter ratings.
This latest state accountability system—which was introduced by lawmakers in 2015—was designed to grade district and campus performance in a way similar to the marks received on student report cards. While its A-F structure made significant changes to the Texas Education Agency’s assessment process, scoring remains heavily based on student performance on the state’s standardized STAAR test.
“Regardless of ratings, we want to keep the intended purpose of the accountability system in mind as a tool that educators can use to improve student achievement,” said RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. “As we do each year, the system will be used to help us identify areas in which we’re doing well and also opportunities for improvement. It’s important to remember that almost all of the data used to determine ratings comes from a single assessment instrument, which obviously can’t capture the complete picture of how a child is learning and growing. We will continue to focus on teaching and evaluating all students throughout the school year and keeping the STAAR test, and the ratings that primarily result from it, in perspective.”
In addition, TEA released 2018 academic distinctions, which are awarded to schools under the accountability system in different academic areas based on student performance compared to schools from around Texas with similar demographics. Overall, 15% of RISD schools received all available academic distinctions, compared to 5% across Texas, and 81% of RISD schools received at least one academic distinction, compared with 52% across Texas.