For the past two years, Texas school districts have received letter grades and corresponding percentages as part of the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings. Following a 90%, or A, rating in 2018, Round Rock ISD received an 89%, or B, in 2019, while Pflugerville ISD increased from 88% in 2018 to 89% in 2019 and received an overall B score.

RRISD had four underperforming campuses, while PfISD had three campuses with D and F ratings. All Hutto ISD campuses were rated at a C or higher. Both RRISD and PfISD have taken the next steps in addressing their lower-performing campuses, with school officials saying they have begun implementing strategic plans to help prevent these issues from reoccurring in future academic years.

Round Rock ISD

Measures to troubleshoot lower-performing schools include frequent campus visits, RRISD Chief of Teaching and Learning Mandy Estes said.

Additional instructional coaches—master-level teachers who assist with instructional support in the classroom—have been deployed on the district’s four underperforming campuses, Estes said. As for the district’s long-range plans, RRISD is in the process of identifying eight to 10 risk factors that could cause a campus on the cusp of becoming a D or F school to slip lower in state testings. Those analyses, Estes said, would be completed by the end of the fall semester and ready for further analysis and implementation in the spring.

Pflugerville ISD

As for PfISD, Communications Officer Tamra Spence said the district is implementing targeted improvement plans at three elementary or middle schools, with Delco Primary School also targeted in its intervention efforts. Improvement plans are aligned with PfISD’s Effective Schools Framework, which includes goals such as retaining effective teachers and school personnel, maintaining a positive school culture and setting explicit behavioral expectations, among others.

Spence added that if the programs have been implemented correctly and improvements have not been made by the next academic year, Spence said the district will revisit its processes to ensure both students and staff members are being fully supported.