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The A-F Accountability team supports districts and campuses as they seek to understand the state and federal school accountability systems and their impact on school decision-making.
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Janet Thorton
Janet Thornton
Education Specialist

EM: jthornton@esc17.net
PN: 806-281-5881
According to state law, the purpose of A-F accountability is...
  • To continuously improve student performance
  • Eliminating achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status
  • To ensure Texas is a national leader in preparing students for postsecondary success.
The design of A–F reflects a commitment to recognize high student achievement and recognize the impact of highly effective educators on student progress, while maintaining focus on the students most in need. 

The overall design of the accountability system evaluates performance according to three domains:
  • Student Achievement evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments; College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators; and graduation rates.

  • School Progress measures outcomes in two areas: the number of students that grew, or were accelerated, at least one year academically (or are on track) as measured by STAAR results and the achievement of all students relative to campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.

  • Closing the Gaps uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic background, and other factors. The indicators included in this domain, as well as the domain’s construction, align the state accountability system with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    Rating Labels:  Districts and campuses receive an overall rating, as well as a rating for each domain. The rating labels for districts and campuses are as follows. A, B, C, D, or F: Assigned for overall performance and for performance in each domain to districts and campuses (including those evaluated under alternative education accountability [AEA]) that meet the performance target for the letter grade.
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