The 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 22 in 2017 establishing three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. School districts received A-F letter grades, and campuses were labeled Met Standard or Improvement required, while also receiving numeric grades by the Texas Education Agency.
At the district level, San Marcos CISD scored a 72, which equates to a C, for student achievement on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test; graduation rate; and college, career and military readiness.
For school progress, which pertains to student growth and relative performance, the district received a 76, which equates to a C. TEA evaluates student growth in ELA reading and mathematics from year to year to see if a student grew academically or maintained proficiency.
The district's performance for closing achievement gaps, which is intended to identify differentials in performance among student groups such as race, disability, English learners, or economically disadvantaged, earned a 63, which equates to a D.
The overall A-F grade for SMCISD is a 72, which equates to a C.
"That success is a celebration for our students and teachers and an affirmation of your investment in the them," read a released statement by San Marcos CISD. "We respect this score as a perspective on student performance and always seek to improve. It is however, simply one momentary snapshot of the value-added opportunities in SMCISD. Our district remains committed to the people and programs that will make all students college- and career-ready. We look forward to continuous improvement as the state accountability system evolves."
Campuses are expected to receive individual A-F ratings beginning in August 2019.