District explains proposed A-F state accountability rating system

Regardless of the assessment system, I am confident our teachers and support staff will continue to work towards educational excellence for each of our students.

Effective August 2018, the Texas Education Agency will issue letter grades (A-F) to schools and districts based on five areas of student performance, or domains.  The five domains are 1.) Student Achievement, 2.) Student Progress, 3.) Closing Performance Gaps, 4.) Postsecondary Readiness, and 5.) Community and Student Engagement.  However, the law requires a preliminary work-in-progress report noting potential grades by domain to be issued to the Legislature in January 2017.  As a result, TEA released all preliminary campus and district ratings Friday, January 6. 
 
“It is important to note that these preliminary ratings are based on incomplete data from the 2015-2016 school year and are solely intended to provide a preview of potential ratings which are not yet final,” Dr. Brad Lancaster said, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “In fact, we anticipate that TEA may make several changes in how it calculates scores by the time the first official ratings are issued in August 2018.  It would be premature to celebrate or defend any of these ratings in a system that will continue to evolve over the next year and a half.   Our hope is that TEA will partner with districts on ways to improve the new system to more accurately depict the complexities in measuring student performance and progress.”

Lake Travis ISD and each of its campuses have already ‘Met Standard’ under the state’s current accountability system.  

“Regardless of the assessment system, I am confident our teachers and support staff will continue to work towards educational excellence for each of our students,” Dr. Lancaster added.

Several resources highlighting the changes in the state’s accountability system are available on TEA's website.