This is the first year that the state is using its new, performance index approach to academic accountability. Texas school districts are labeled as “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required” based upon their performance on the administration of the 2013 STAAR tests.
The district rating for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, as well as all campuses is “Met Standard.” To be rated as "Met Standard," the district and each campus must meet all applicable index targets: four targets for the district, four targets for most high schools, and three targets for elementary and middle schools. If any one or more of the index targets is missed, the rating is "Improvement Required."
This is the first time for the state to use an index-based approach to academic accountability. Full details about how this new system would be calculated were being provided to districts as little as two week sago, and educators are still learning about all the implications and consequences of the new results. Because ratings are based on multiple aspects of performance and not just simple passing rates, the system is by definition much more complex than what many are used to seeing.
Up to three Academic Achievement Distinction designations may be earned by schools rated at “Met Standard” when the following criteria are met: high performance in reading/English language arts, high performance in mathematics, and being grouped in the top quarter of their TEA-designated comparison group on Index 2. Four EM-S ISD campuses earned distinctions: Creekview Middle School and Bryson, Chisholm Ridge, and Gililland Elementary schools. Creekview Middle School received Distinctions in all three areas.
The state has advised school districts that the 2013 ratings system is a "stand alone" year, meaning that the system is substantively different from the old accountability system and that it will be substantively different from what is done in 2014, in part due to statutory changes. However, under current state law, ratings from the old system in 2011 and the 2013 ratings must be considered as "consecutive" for purposes of determining district and campus sanctions, if any.
For information on each of the Indexes, see below.
Index 1 – Student Achievement
Index 1 measures performance across all subjects and all students groups at the satisfactory performance standard. The target score for these groups is 50.
Index 2 – Student Progress
Index 2 looks at scores of 10 student groups, including ethnic groups. Schools in the bottom fifth percentile on Index 2 will automatically receive the “Improvement Required” designation.
Index 3 - Closing Performance Gaps
Index 3 includes scores of students who are economically disadvantaged and as applicable, the district’s two lowest performing ethnic groups from the year before. The target score is 55 in Index 3.
Index 4 – Postsecondary Readiness
Index 4 examines graduation rates and the number of students graduating on Recommended and Distinguished graduation plans. The target score is 75.