Topic: Accountability System

Democracy under siege in Houston as School Board faces possible state takeover

As we reported two weeks ago in the Hotline, Houston ISD has been under the threat of a state takeover for accountability sanctions and that threat was just amplified this week by a TEA report examining the School Board’s governance and recommending that it be replaced by a board of managers appointed by the state. Houston ISD has until August...

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House committee chair looks to review laws on accountability, district partnerships with charters

The first House Public Education Committee of the session gave us a good indication of some of the policy issues members will be looking at in the coming months—including a a review of two controversial laws governing the requirements for turning around (or closing) schools with Improvement Required (IR) accountability ratings. Committee Chair Dan Huberty outlined the schedule of topics...

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Statement on A-F grading of school districts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2018 CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 Nothing is fair about this simplistic, test-driven system that doesn’t reflect how schools are progressing and serving their students and communities Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT president, commented today on the Texas Education Agency release of A-F ratings for school districts: The new A-F accountability system moves Texas in the wrong...

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TEA hearings on accountability rules once again shed light on problems with A-F

Throughout the month of June, TEA held public hearings to gather input on the commissioner of education’s proposed amendments and rules for the A-F accountability rating system. Districts will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for overall performance, beginning in August of this year, while campuses will receive A–F ratings beginning in August 2019. Texas AFT...

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TEA announces criteria for Hurricane Harvey accountability waivers

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that campuses and school districts "directly affected" by Hurricane Harvey will get to bypass this year’s state accountability ratings if they meet certain criteria established by the Texas Education Agency. Many schools and districts in the Houston and coastal areas could avoid sanctions for low accountability ratings, but the exemption process announced today...

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