"We believe accountability is essential to ensuring our community high-quality schools," LISD Superintendent Dan Troxell said in a statement. “However, the simplification of a complex rating system to a single letter grade does not represent the charge of public education."
Districts throughout Texas were assigned A, B, C, D and F ratings based on evaluations in three categories: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps, which measures performance differences in various racial, ethnic, special education and socioeconomic groups, according to the TEA’s website.
Campuses were rated in each domain as “met standard,” “improvement required,” “met alternative standard” or—in special cases—“not rated,” according to the website.
Camacho Elementary School in Leander received a rating of “improvement required," but the remainder of LISD’s elementary, middle and high schools were awarded the “met standard” rating, according to school district documents.
According to TEA documents on the 2018 accountability ratings, schools were given numerical scores in each domain.
Although cumulatively LISD earned a score of 99 points in “closing the gaps,” the TEA reduced the score to 89 points because districts with campuses requiring improvements are ineligible to receive “A” ratings, according to district documents. LISD's scaled score across domains was 89 points, or a “B” grade, according to the TEA.
Under last year’s system, all Leander ISD campuses met standard in the four former categories: student achievement, student progress, closing the performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.