Here’s how Austin ISD stacks up to Texas’ highest-scoring districts in TEA’s new A-F ratings

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Of the state’s roughly 1,200 school districts, just two districts in Texas received straight As under the state’s preliminary A-F accountability report, which measures performance in four areas. The preliminary report was released to the public Jan. 6, based on data from the 2015-16 academic year.

Examining the scores

According to the TEA’s report, one-third of all campuses received Cs in Domains I, II and IV. One-third of all campuses received Ds in Domain III.

  • 13.1 percent of all campuses received an A in Domain I
  • 11.5 percent of all campuses received an A in Domain II
  • 10.1 percent of all campuses received an A in Domain III
  • 10.5 percent of all campuses received an A in Domain IV

“It’s unfair to look at these ratings and say, ‘This is the end-all, be-all,'” TEA spokesperson Lauren Callahan said. “We’ve made that very clear from the very beginning. This is a work in progress. We were required by the Legislature to provide this report and to implement a new accountability system, so we did so and provided the report that they asked for.”

Callahan said comparison between districts is discouraged, as the data for each domain will change by the time the first official ratings are released under the new accountability system in August 2018. Until then, the “met standard” accountability system is in place.

“Obviously data is going to look different in two years,” Callahan said. “Especially when you consider Domain IV—the postsecondary readiness domain—there are things that we will be collecting by the summer of 2018 that we were not collecting in the summer of 2016.”

How do Texas’ above-average districts compare?

Here is how 13 of the highest-scoring districts fared under the new rating system. A breakdown of each district features data from the 2014-15 academic year.

Klondike ISD: A | A | A | A

Enrollment: 258
Economically disadvantaged: 34.9%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 1
Education service center region: 17

Malta ISD: A | A | A | A

Enrollment: 128
Economically disadvantaged: 55.5%
Grades enrolled: Elementary
Number of campuses in district: 1
Education service center region: 8

Caddo Mills ISD: B | A | A | A

Enrollment: 1,591
Economically disadvantaged: 35.5%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 4
Education service center region: 10

Eanes ISD: A | A | A | B

Enrollment: 7,937
Economically disadvantaged: 2.7%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 10
Education service center region: 13

Ezzell ISD: A | A | A | B

Enrollment: 80
Economically disadvantaged: 37.5%
Grades enrolled: Elementary
Number of campuses in district: 1
Education service center region: 3

Falls City ISD: A | A | A | B

Enrollment: 359
Economically disadvantaged: 19.8%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 3
Education service center region: 20

Grandview ISD: A | B | A | A

Enrollment: 1,119
Economically disadvantaged: 35.4%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 4
Education service center region: 11

Lovejoy ISD: A | A | A | B

Enrollment: 3,810
Economically disadvantaged: 3%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 6
Education service center region: 10

Moulton ISD: B | A | A | A

Enrollment: 317
Economically disadvantaged: 51.1%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 2
Education service center region: 3

Prairie Valley ISD: B | A | A | A

Enrollment: 140
Economically disadvantaged: 55.7%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 2
Education service center region: 9

Skidmore-Tynan ISD: B | A | A | A

Enrollment: 802
Economically disadvantaged: 51%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 3
Education service center region: 2

South Texas ISD: A | B | A | A

Enrollment: 3,375
Economically disadvantaged: 57.3%
Grades enrolled: 7-12
Number of campuses in district: 5
Education service center region: 1

Valley View ISD: B | A | A | A

Enrollment: 4,479
Economically disadvantaged: 92%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 9
Education service center region: 1

How does Austin stack up?

Here is a breakdown of Austin ISD, according to 2014-15 TEA data.

Austin ISD: B | B | C | D

Enrollment: 84,191
Economically disadvantaged: 59.9%
Grades enrolled: K-12
Number of campuses in district: 129

Education service center region: 13

For a more detailed look at how each district and campus scored, read our previous coverage.

—additional reporting by Olivia Lueckemeyer

What does the rating system measure?

The A-F system measures performance in five domains, or performance areas. According to the TEA, no overall rating can yet be given to districts and campuses, since no score has been given for Domain V.

Performance areas include:

  • Domain I looks at student achievement. State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results play into this.
  • Domain II measures student progress. STAAR results are a factor in this domain.
  • Domain III looks at closing achievement gaps, which factors in the percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches and their STAAR results.
  • Domain IV measures postsecondary readiness.
  • Domain V measures community and student engagement, for which scores have not yet been given.
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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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