TEA releases preliminary Leander ISD ratings

The Texas Education Agency released its nA-F ratings Friday morning.

The Texas Education Agency released its nA-F ratings Friday morning.

The Texas Education Agency released preliminary ratings under its new A-F system for Leander ISD and other Texas school districts and campuses.

The TEA preliminary ratings released today used data from the 2015-16 school year to show districts how they would measure up under the new system. The first official ratings under the A-F system will not be released until August 2018.

Leander ISD’s official rating for the 2016-17 school year, based on 2015-16 data, is “met standard,” the highest rating under the old system.

Each district and school will be rated on five areas or domains: Domain I-Student Achievement; Domain II-Student Progress; Domain III-Closing Performance Gaps; Domain IV-Postsecondary Readiness; and Domain V-Community and Student Engagement. Today’s scores only include domains 1-4, with no overall score.

If the new rating system was applied to that same data, LISD would have a grade of ‘A’ in student progress, a ‘B’ in student achievement, a ‘C’ in post-secondary readiness, and a ‘D’ in closing performance gaps.

Ratings for individual campuses can also be found on the TEA’s website.

Veronica Sopher, LISD assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations, said the scores are hypothetical and based on a scenario of “what if the new system was in place today.” She said LISD plans to use the information to make improvements in preparation for the new system.

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said in a statement, "No inferences about official district or campus performance in the 2015-16 school year should be drawn from these ratings, and these ratings should not be considered predictors of future district or campus performance ratings.”

The system change comes as a result of House Bill 2804 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015.