Austin ISD receives a B in first Texas Education Agency A-F accountability rating, 5 schools labeled 'Improvement Required'

As students in Austin ISD prepare for the coming school year, the TEA released its 2018 accountability ratings on Aug. 15.

As students in Austin ISD prepare for the coming school year, the TEA released its 2018 accountability ratings on Aug. 15.

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

Austin ISD received an overall grade of B – receiving a B in student achievement; a B in student progress; and a B in closing performance gaps.

Individual schools, however, continued to be rated as Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, Not Rated or Improvement Required in the 2018 rating. Texas districts and schools will both be rated using the A-F system beginning in August 2019.

In AISD 116 schools were rated as Met Standard in the TEA report. A total of eight schools did not receive any rating.

Five AISD schools were labeled Improvement Required– Mendez Middle School, Widen Elementary School, Graduation Preparatory Academy at Travis Early College High School, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and the Rosedale School.

Mendez, which did not meet standards in any of the individual categories in 2017, also was rated Improvement Required in the three measurable categories in the 2018 report. Widen Met Standard in school progress but received Improvement Required ratings in student achievement and closing the gaps.

In August 2017, 112 AISD schools were rated as Met Standard, and four were identified as Improvement Required. Those ranked in the latter included Burnet, Martin and Mendez middle schools and Govalle Elementary School.

While not official grades, in January 2017 TEA released preliminary A-F accountability ratings. The preliminary 2017 results for AISD schools can be found here.


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