Setting the Record Straight
on A-F Ratings

Texas’ preliminary A-F ratings were released Friday, ahead of the convening of the 85th Texas Legislative Session yesterday. The ratings offer a glimpse into how districts would have performed in the 2015-2016 school year under current legislation that requires school and district ratings to be made public in 2018 based on 2016-2017 school data.

“Education is a fiercely personal issue in Texas,” said Texas Aspires’ executive director Courtney Boswell. “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.”

An A-F accountability system would transition the state from a system that rates campuses “met standard” or “improvement required.” Under the current system, 93.7% of campuses were labeled as “met standard,” while only 5.5% were labeled “improvement required.” A number of superintendents and school boards have publicly opposed the A-F accountability system.

“Hearing that your local schools aren’t as good as you thought they were isn’t pleasant in the short-run,” said Boswell. “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, such as the one proposed by many superintendents, is a waste of time.

“District leaders have their own interests at heart, which is why they are intentionally painting an incomplete and incorrect picture of A-F. That’s why 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.”

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