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District receives TEA proposed accountability system
Denton Independent School District received the proposed school accountability system to be used by the Texas Education Agency for the fall of 2018.
The system includes trial ratings that are reflective of the 2015-16 school year and are being used by the state as a “what if” assessment for districts across the state. No school district will be assigned its trial rating. The final accountability ratings, which include A thru F letter grades, are expected to feature five domains with each accounting for different percentages of a district’s overall score.
“The state’s A-F accountability system has been designed to reflect the quality of a school based on one state test. We do not embrace or recognize a rating or ranking of our schools based on this narrow indicator or a single-day performance of our students,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools. “Our schools are so much more than one test, and our students are so much more than one score.”
Under the current TEA school accountability system, Denton ISD has posted “met standard” each year. The district exceeded the state average in reading and math STAAR scores each of the four years the state has used that test to measure student performance, with the exception of 2015 when math scores were excluded because of changes to math standards by the State Board of Education.
Under the proposed system, Denton ISD posted a B in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps among students and scored a C in postsecondary readiness. The final score, in postsecondary readiness, was tabulated using data from the 2014-15 school year.
No scores were released for the fifth domain, which may rate community and student engagement, but could include other measures that have not yet been determined by TEA.
Dr. Wilson said the district will work with the accountability measures set up by the state and always finds ways to use the data to engage students in their learning. He stressed that Denton ISD teachers’ continued focus is on the individual needs of each student not a particular district or campus score.
The district began garnering parent, community and employee feedback in 2014 and released that information through its “What We Value” report, which identifies the performance of students and staff in areas deemed most important by its stakeholders. The most current results can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2i3G6St
“While we do believe as a district that state accountability is important, I feel confident in saying that our community believes our students can’t be measured by a single letter grade,” Dr. Wilson said.
For an overview of how the state's A-F accountability ratings were configured, click here.