TEA accountability ratings for Conroe, Montgomery and Willis ISDs

On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency released the 2017 accountability ratings. Districts and their eligible campuses are designated into three categories, “met standard,” “met alternative standard” and “improvement required,” to demonstrate how the districts and campuses performed over the past year.

According to the TEA website, approximately 95 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the “met standard” rating.

The rating system is based on four indexes, including student achievement based on STAAR results, student progress year-to-year, closing performance gaps between certain student groups, and postsecondary readiness—which measures high school diploma achievement and college, military or workforce readiness.

Conroe ISD “met standard” as a district, as well as “met standard” on almost all individual campuses. Houston Elementary School, however, received a ranking of “improvement required.”

Additionally, numerous CISD campuses received academic distinctions, which include academic achievement in language arts and reading, mathematics, science and social studies; student progress and closing performance gaps with in the top 25 percentiles; and postsecondary readiness.

In fact, five CISD campuses are part of the more than 400 Texas schools that received all possible distinctions applicable. The campuses are Washington Junior High School, Collins Intermediate School, Anderson Elementary School, Galatas Elementary School and Buckalew Elementary School.

Montgomery ISD's nine eligible campuses "met standard" on the Texas Education Agency's 2017 accountability ratings, which were released on Tuesday. MISD also received two distinctions at Montgomery Elementary and Stewart Creek Elementary schools, in postsecondary readiness and closing the gap, respectively.

Furthermore, Willis ISD's nine eligible campuses also "met standard" on the accountability ratings. Two WISD campuses received distinctions, Turner Elementary and William Lloyd Meador Elementary schools, in student progress and closing the gap, respectively.

Click here to access the TEA website and view comprehensive accountability ratings for Conroe ISD, Montgomery ISD and Willis ISD.

The 2017-18 academic year is the last in which districts and campuses will be evaluated on these standards. In mid-June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 22, changing the accountability rating system.

According to the TEA website, will be evaluated by three domains, student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. However, domains will receive A-F rankings, accumulating into a whole letter grade for each campus. Campus grades will then accumulate to create a district A-F letter grade.

Additionally, local accountability systems will be implemented to allow well-performing districts and charters to evaluate their own campuses. While the state-mandated domains will remain, districts can submit locally developed indexes, as well, to influence their overall A-F ratings.

Districts will receive their grades under the new A-F accountability ratings in August 2018, while individual campuses will receive grades in August 2019.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.