The New Braunfels Independent School District received a B grade from the Texas Education Agency in the first issuance of the state’s new accountability rating system.

The Texas Education Agency released its annual school and district accountability rankings Wednesday morning. The TEA’s new A-F system went into effect for the first time this year for ratings given to overall districts.

“We are very proud of the hard work done in NBISD by our students and staff," said Dr. Victoria Pursch, NBISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. "Our community is wonderfully supportive, and we have invested parents that partner with their student’s teachers and schools daily. While TEA accountability system scores and rating confirms our Unicorn pride, we know there is far more exciting success in our schools than once-a-year snapshot state testing data can capture.”

The B grade is a combination of three separate ratings. NBISD received a B in student performance, a B in school progress and a B in closing performance gaps. The district fell four points shy of an A grade.

Individual schools, however, continued to be rated as Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Not Rated or Improvement Required in the 2017-18 ratings. Texas districts and schools will both be rated using the A-F system beginning in August 2019.