Round Rock ISD receives an A in first Texas Education Agency A-F accountability rating

(From left) Trustee Mason Moses, Board of Trustees President Diane Cox, Superintendent Steve Flores, Sen. Larry Taylor, Commissioner Mike Morath, Trustee Nikki Gonzales and Trustee Edward Hanna gather to announce Round Rock ISD's accountability rating.

(From left) Trustee Mason Moses, Board of Trustees President Diane Cox, Superintendent Steve Flores, Sen. Larry Taylor, Commissioner Mike Morath, Trustee Nikki Gonzales and Trustee Edward Hanna gather to announce Round Rock ISD's accountability rating.

The Texas Education Agency released its school and district accountability ratings Wednesday morning, which, for the first time reflect the TEA’s new A-F system when rating overall districts.

Round Rock ISD received an A rating with an A in student achievement and a B in both school progress and closing the gaps.

District officials including Superintendent Steve Flores held a press conference Wednesday morning with TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, at James Garland Walsh Middle School to announce the district's ratings.

"This kind of outcome is unusually good and worthy of celebration," Morath said.

Of the 30 Texas school districts with more than 40,000 students, only Round Rock ISD and five others received A ratings.

“Much of this year’s credit goes to a lot of the curriculum that allows our teachers to teach in a way that they can customize, enhance and enrich,” Flores said. “With that, any test will always be well-suited for us because of the teachers that are in our classrooms and the principals that are leading our campuses.”

While Texas districts received A-F ratings this year, individual campuses are still ranked according to the existing scale ranging from Met Standard to Improvement Required. All of RRISD's campuses received a met Met Standard rating.

The TEA also assigned each campus a score on a scale of 0 to 100. Walsh Middle School received a score of 97, earning it the third-highest ranking of any school in the state.

“We have phenomenal public schools in Texas,” Morath said. “We are in one of the public schools in Texas right now in one of the highest-performing districts in Texas.”

“As we look forward to the future with hope, we know that we are better together than we are apart,” Flores said. “The future of our Texas democracy—as well as our nation’s—is dependent on how well we do in public schools.”

Read more about the A-F system here.
By Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.


MOST RECENT

Austin Public Health planning response in case of coronavirus hospitalization spike

As local health authorities monitor an upward trend in COVID-19 cases, they are bracing for a possible uptick in hospitalizations.

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as of May 27. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County reports 73 new coronavirus cases May 27

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as well.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.

Nursing facilities across Texas will be able to apply for federal funds to purchase devices to connect residents to friends and family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News on 20 Central Texas businesses and nonprofits

Read about Central Texas business news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage this week.

Williamson County is preparing to open to the public June 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County prepares to open to public June 1

As the county prepares to open its buildings, here is what you need to know.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own equipment in order to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus.(Graphic by Matthew T. Mills /Community Impact Newspaper)
State of Texas releases voter health checklist for polling stations in June and July

Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs released a checklist May 26 for voters to follow to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at polls.

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)
620 Art Gallery & Studio opening soon in Round Rock

Owner Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes.

Williamson County reported 19 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus May 27.  (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County reported 19 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus May 27

So far, about 1.59% of the county population has been tested.

The location will offer physical therapy, orthopedic and sports injury rehabilitation as well as treatment for work-related injuries and disorders. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Baylor Scott & White to open Institute for Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy in Manor

The location will offer physical therapy, orthopedic and sports injury rehabilitation as well as treatment for work-related injuries and disorders.

The postponement allows for new public notice postings made on the city's behalf under the updated proposal. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pflugerville City Council delays decision on 150-acre Pecan Street rezoning proposal

A vote on the Timmerman 2020 proposal is now anticipated to take place June 9.

The deaths bring Travis County's total fatalities during the pandemic to 88. (Community Impact staff)
Three new coronavirus deaths reported in Travis County May 26

The deaths bring Travis County's total fatalities during the pandemic to 88.