It’s Time to Correct the Record on Texas’ A-F System

Texas’ preliminary A-F ratings were released Friday, ahead of the convening of the 85th Texas Legislative Session this week.

The unofficial ratings offer a glimpse into how schools and districts would have performed in the A-F system based on 2015-2016 data. Official A-F ratings are not set to be released until August of 2018, following the 85th Legislature’s opportunity to make valuable improvements to the system.

Education is a fiercely personal issue in Texas. The vast majority of Texans, no matter where they grew up, attended public schools at one point or another, so we all think we know how well schools are doing. But times are changing. The truth about the quality of our schools is a mystery to most, but shouldn’t be.

Hearing that your local schools aren’t performing as well as you thought they were isn’t pleasant in the short-run. But glossing over opportunities for improvement in the long-run is tantamount to abuse. It’s our responsibility at the state level to protect our children, and any system that masks the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of a school is a dereliction of duty.

District leaders have their own interests at heart, which is why they are intentionally painting an incomplete and incorrect picture of A-F. We created to provide parents and communities the information they need to make informed decisions about a system that is being disparaged for adult reasons at the expense of student outcomes.

We believe every Texas child, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code, deserves a quality education. You can help make that happen.