Lake Dallas ISD joins
the charge across the state in demanding the State of Texas fix its
Monday, Jan. 23, the Lake Dallas ISD (LDISD) Board of
Trustees approved a resolution concerning the A through F accountability rating
system for Texas public schools.
The proposed rating system utilizing A through F grades for
schools and districts includes five domains and numerous unrelated indicators
selected by the Texas Commissioner of Education to determine a single grade,
leaving the public with an invalid reflection of school quality.
Ultimately, LDISD’s Board is calling on the Texas
Legislature to repeal the rating system utilizing A through F grades for
schools and districts, and instead to develop a community-based accountability
system that empowers school districts to design their own internal systems of
assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards,
allows districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet
the needs and interests of each student and their communities.
Read the complete resolution for more information.
Lake Dallas ISD received preliminary results from the Texas
Education Agency’s proposed school accountability system that will be used
starting the fall of 2018. The results released are based on the 2015-16 school
year and are being used by the state as a “what if” assessment for districts
across the state, but no school district will be assigned its trial rating. Under this system, all Texas public school
districts and individual campuses will receive a letter grade - A, B, C, D, or
F - mostly based on the state's achievement test (the STAAR). These
letter grades will be given in four different academic areas (or domains), and
this system goes into effect with five domains during the 2017-18 school
“The A-F State Accountability System has been designed to
reflect the quality of a school based on one state test,” said Dr. Gayle Stinson,
LDISD Superintendent. “We do not embrace or recognize a rating or ranking of
our schools based on this narrow of an indicator or a single day performance of
our students. Our focus is to provide a quality 21st century education that far
exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. Our schools are so much more than one test,
and our students are so much more than one score.”
Currently, Lake Dallas ISD is rated as “met standard” by the
TEA accountability system. The district consistently exceeds the state average
in all subjects in all grade levels.
Under the proposed system, Lake Dallas ISD posted a B in
Domain 1-student achievement, a B in Domain 2-student progress, a C in Domain
3-closing performance gaps among students and scores a B in Domain 4-
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 will rate community and student engagement, but final
measures have not been determined by TEA.
Dr. Stinson has long supported and valued campus and
district accountability, but believes strongly that communities cannot measure
the complexity of educating students by a single letter grade based on a complicated
system of metrics and calculations. She encourages the LDISD community to focus
on the great things happening in the district – 100% graduation rate, 96%
attendance rate, students training to be leaders and taking leadership
responsibilities on all campuses, dual credit opportunities allowing students
to prepare for higher education degrees and careers, STEM courses and clubs,
career and technical education opportunities as well as community involvement
and fine arts and athletic opportunities.
LDISD believes that a school district and its campuses are a culmination of learned experiences which students acquire over time. The quality of a campus or district should be determined by how well this culmination of experiences prepares each and every school member for their futures, whether it be higher education or occupational. Quality, in large part, should not be determined by the results of a single assessment given on a single day, producing a statistical average that is then translated into a letter grade.
HOW CAN I SPEAK OUT AGAINST A-F?
The 85th Legislative Session begins this week. If you wish to speak out about the rating system, you can contact our legislative representatives:
Texas State Senator
Texas State Senate District 12--Senator
Capitol Office: CAP 1E.5
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0112
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711
District Address: 1225 S. Main St., Suite 100, Grapevine TX 76051
Phone: (817) 424-3446
Texas State House District 64 - Representative
Capitol Office: Room E2.420
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0582
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768
RECENTLY RELEASED UPDATED INFORMATION
2015-16 A-F Ratings
The 2015-16 A-F Ratings have
been released by the Texas Education Agency, along with a TEA report to the 85th Texas
Legislature. In the report TEA offered several caveats which
provided further insight into the current and future ratings.
Spotlight on Caveats
- Campuses and district
ratings for 2017-18 will use different data and different indicators than those
used for the current A-F ratings.
- Final targets used for
A-F ratings assigned in 2017-18 are expected to be adopted in the Texas
Administrative Code in spring 2018. The rule-making process will include a
30-day public comment period.
- The ratings DO NOT
include data for all the indicators planned for 2017-18.
- The final methodology
to determine the overall rating label, including the process to convert the domain
outcomes to a scale that can be weighted across the five domains, will be
developed with further stakeholder input and is expected to be adopted in the
Texas Administrative Code in spring 2018.
- The statutory
constraint that a district cannot earn a rating of A in a domain if one of its
campuses earn a D or F was not applied to the 2016 report but will be applied
in the 2017-18 ratings.
Spotlight on Domain I
- The data include more
ELL and STAAR Alternate 2 assessment outcomes than does Index 1 in the current
- These ratings include
outcomes for assessments at advanced level standards that are not explicitly
required by statute.
Spotlight on Domain II
- The growth measure
used may not be the same in the 2017-18 school year.
- The Domain II
methodology will be reviewed with accountability advisory groups and other
stakeholders for possible modifications prior to use in the 2017-18 rating
Spotlight on Domain III
- These ratings include
only students who are economically disadvantaged.
Spotlight on Domain IV
- Data is not included
in the 2016 rating for all indicators planned for 2017-18.
- CCR 2017-18 indicators
will also include students who earn industry (nationally recognized)
certifications or those that enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Prep courses for
middle school indicators will also include 7th or 8th grade students who
received instruction in preparing for high school, college, and career (HB 18-
- Data in the 2016
ratings use chronic absenteeism from 2015-16 school year making it a current
indicator but in future reports it will be a lagging indicator.
Spotlight on Domain V
- The Community and
Student Engagement indicator missing from the 2015-16 ratings will be in the
2017-18 ratings. Three locally determined indicators that will be reported for
each district and campus. All three Case indicators as well as the overall
Domain V indicator will be rated A-F.