Austin ISD maintains B accountability rating from TEA; 8 district schools receive F grade in campus score

The Texas Education Agency has given 22 Austin ISD schools an A grade in the first official release of the agency’s A-F accountability rating system, however, eight schools received an F grade. Overall, AISD received a B grade in the 2019 rating, which were released by TEA on Aug. 15.

Schools receiving an F include Andrews Elementary School, Barrington Elementary, Burnet Middle, Dobie Middle, Martin Middle, Mendez Middle, the Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy and Webb Middle.

The 89 district score out of 100 possible points, resulting in a B grade, shows no change compared to last year’s ratings. In the three domains the TEA uses to measure a district, AISD received an 88 for student achievement, an 89 for school progress and an 88 for closing the gap.

"Our district's 'Recognized' rating shows the hard work happening in our schools each day to provide opportunities for student success," Superintendent Paul Cruz said in a news release Aug. 15. "The latest accountability ratings are a snapshot taken once in a school year that's otherwise filled with robust programming for students. While we recognize our strengths, we also understand that there is still work to be done in achieving success for all students across AISD."

About 18.3% of AISD schools rated earned an A, while about 10.8% of rated schools in the district received a grade of D or F. TEA lists 130 total campuses in Austin ISD, but 10 schools were not given a rating.

Schools receiving a D included Pecan Springs Elementary, Walnut Creek Elementary, Bedichek Middle, Covington Middle and Padres Middle.

In 2018—under the previous grading scale, which labeled schools as either meeting standards or needing improvement—five AISD schools were labeled Improvement Required. Those schools were Mendez Middle, Widen Elementary School, Graduation Preparatory Academy at Travis Early College High School, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and the Rosedale School.

Widen Elementary and Graduation Preparatory Academy at Travis Early College High School received B grades in the new 2019 ratings, showing improvements in scores. Rosedale School was not rated in 2019.

A total of 116 schools in AISD were rated as Met Standard in the 2018 TEA report.

The following 22 schools received and A grade in 2019 from the TEA:

  • Baranoff Elementary

  • Blazier Elementary

  • Brentwood Elementary

  • Casis Elementary

  • Clayton Elementary

  • Dobie Pre-K Center

  • Doss Elementary

  • Graham Elementary

  • Hill Elementary

  • Kiker Elementary

  • Mills Elementary

  • Reilly Elementary

  • Uphaus Early Childhood Center

  • Zilker Elementary

  • Gorzycki Middle

  • Anderson High

  • Austin High

  • Bowie High

  • Garza Independence High

  • LASA High

  • McCallum High

  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

By Nicholas Cicale

Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.


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