The Texas Education Agency released its annual accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year Aug. 15. Ratings are issued for the district as a whole and for individual campuses. Districtwide, these ratings are based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam performance, graduation rates, academic growth and college or career readiness.

Scoring 90-100 equals an A, followed by 80-89 for a B and 70-79 for a C. If a district or campus falls below a 70, it is categorized as “Not Rated.”

Eanes ISD saw a districtwide gain of one point from 96 in its 2019 rating to 97. EISD reported higher scores in college or career readiness and graduation rates. All campuses in the district scored over 90 overall, earning an A.

Leander ISD’s rating remained the same from 2019 to 2022 at 89. Six campuses within the district earned a C, 22 earned a B and 14 earned an A. Two elementary schools were categorized as Not Rated.

Lake Travis ISD saw a six-point decrease from 2019 to 2022, going from a 94 to an 88. Of its 11 campuses, six scored an A and three scored a B. West Cypress Hills Elementary School scored a C, and Lake Travis Elementary School was Not Rated with a score of 62.

Due to not having scores for college readiness or graduation rates, elementary and middle school accountability ratings rely heavily on STAAR performance, as well as academic growth and performance relative to the percent of economically disadvantaged students at the school.

Kathy Burbank, LTISD’s director of accountability and assessment, said STAAR scores are just one test taken on one day and are not wholly reflective of a students’ skills.

Additionally, Lake Travis Elementary also has the highest number of economically disadvantaged students in the district at 38.1%. By comparison, West Cypress Hills scored a 78 and 7% of its students are economically disadvantaged, while Lakeway Elementary scored a 93 and 6.1% of its students are economically disadvantaged.