GCISD receives an A in first Texas Education Agency A-F accountability rating; all schools 'Met Standard'

The Texas Education Agency released its annual school and district accountability rankings, which, for the first time reflect the TEAu2019s new A-F system when rating overall districts.

The Texas Education Agency released its annual school and district accountability rankings, which, for the first time reflect the TEAu2019s new A-F system when rating overall districts.

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.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD received an overall grade of A—receiving an A 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 GCISD 20 schools were rated as Met Standard in the TEA report, and no schools were labeled Improvement Required. In addition to the "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required" rating, individual campuses were also given an overall number grade.

Overall grades for campuses are calculated based on the school’s performance in three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps, TEA officials said. TEA takes the higher score provided between Student Achievement—which factors in STAAR tests, SAT scores and other college and career readiness variables—and Student Progress, which examines how students perform compared to the previous year.

The agency then factors in what performance gaps exist between different groups within the Closing the Gaps domain, which considers the ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds of students as well as economically disadvantaged numbers and other factors.

Here are the number grades for GCISD campuses:

Elementary schools

Bear Creek - 81
Bransford - 94
Cannon - 94
Colleyville - 91
Dove - 65
Glenhope - 92
Grapevine - 87
Heritage - 93
Silver Lake - 85
Taylor - 90
Timberline - 70

Middle schools

Colleyville - 95
Cross Timbers - 91
Grapevine - 80
Heritage - 92

High schools

Colleyville Heritage - 91
Grapevine - 81

On Aug. 8, GCISD Superintendent Robin Ryan published an open letter to the district's website, where he said the rating system falls short by reducing school quality to a single letter grade.

"The State’s A-F ratings will be neither simple, nor comprehensive," Ryan said in the statement. "School accountability is important and with all we know about teaching and learning in 2018, there has to be a better way to design a more accurate accountability system."

He went on to emphasize the importance of testing, but said tests cannot be used as the sole indicator to label and form statistical conclusions about students, teachers and schools.

"These tests do not measure skills that many employers repeatedly describe as necessary in today’s workforce: creativity, grit, teamwork, empathy, artistic ability, endurance or compassion," Ryan said in the statement. "In GCISD, we will examine our results and make appropriate adjustments as we continue doing what is best for students."

As part of developing LEAD 2.0, the next phase of the district strategic framework, the district plans to develop a community-based accountability system, according to the statement. The system will strive to answer two questions: For what should the district be accountable? And to whom should the district be accountable?

"This Community Based Accountability System will provide an opportunity for our parents, community, staff and students to determine the standards that are important in this community, determine how best to meet those standards and be transparent in reporting out on those metrics," Ryan said in the statement.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.


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