The Texas Education Agency released accountability ratings for the first time in three years, and Clear Creek ISD maintained its B rating.

Accountability ratings for school districts across the state are determined by three measurable categories: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps.

This year, CCISD received a B, or an 89, in the student achievement category, which measures the district’s STAAR performance; college, career and military readiness; and graduation rates. CCISD did not receive an A in this category because one or more campuses received a less than 70 score in the overall student achievement score.

Back in 2019, CCISD received an A, or 92, in this category, scoring higher in STAAR performance and college, career or military readiness.

Chief Communications Officer Elaina Polsen said the district saw significant gains in the student achievement category for CCISD high schools and that 90% of schools in the district were rated an A or B overall.

“We have long said, and still [to] this day, that a letter grade does not define a child, a school or an educator. As we do with all student assessments, we will use the data to improve our educational services to students,” Polsen said.

The school progress category measures year-over-year growth of a district’s student population compared to other districts with similar economic populations. CCISD scored an 89 in this category compared to scoring an 87 in 2019.

Finally, in the closing the gaps category, in which districts are rated on how they equally help all students succeed, CCISD also scored an 89 this year. The district received the same score in 2019. This year, the TEA website indicates that CCISD did not receive an A in this category due to having one or more campuses scoring less than 70 in this category.

More information on how the TEA determines accountability ratings is available on the agency's website.