The Texas Education Agency has released the latest accountability ratings for districts and schools across the state. While districts received an A-F rating under the new accountability system last year, 2019 is the first year individual schools also received a letter grade.
Victoria ISD and many of its 27 campuses improved the overall ratings from 2018. VISD’s 2019 overall rating increased more than 13% over last year, with the largest gain in Domain 3: Closing the Gaps, followed by Domain 1: Student Achievement. Schools with the most overall growth were Schorlemmer Elementary, Aloe Elementary, Dudley Elementary, and Rowland Elementary.
“Accountability is an opportunity to use information as a flashlight for improvement,” stated VISD Superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd. “We are proud of the progress many of our schools are making across multiple Domain areas and we are committed to our path of Continuous Improvement in all that we do at Victoria ISD.”
Districts and schools are given an overall rating based on performance in three areas:
- Student Achievement shows how much students know and are able to do at the end of the school year.
- School Progress shows how students perform over time and how that growth compares to similar schools.
- Closing the Gaps shows how well different groups of students within a school are performing.
For elementary and middle schools, A-F accountability uses a results from the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. High school ratings include indicators such as graduation rates and college, career and military readiness, in addition to STAAR test results.
The Victoria ISD graduation rate in the 2018 accountability report was at 65% and increased to 80% for the 2019 accountability. The four-year graduation rate for the State of Texas is 90.0% and 94.1% for Victoria ISD. The State of Texas has an average dropout rate of 1.9%. The dropout rate in VISD is 0.9%.
Districts and campuses can also earn Distinction Designations based on the accountability ratings. Districts and campuses that receive an accountability rating of A, B, C, or D are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. Seven VISD schools earned a total of 13 distinction designations in 2019.
For a closer look at the new ratings, TEA encourages parents, educators and community members to visit TXschools.gov to view district and school report cards.