AIA(LEGAL) - ACCOUNTABILITY: ACCREDITATION AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Accreditation

Statuses

  1. Accredited;
  2. Accredited-warned;
  3. Accredited-probation; and
  4. Not accredited-revoked.

Annual Evaluation

  1. Shall evaluate and consider performance:
    1. On achievement indicators under Education Code 39.053 [see Performance Indicators, below]; and
    2. Under the financial accountability rating system developed under Education Code, Chapter 39, Subchapter D [see CFA].
  2. May evaluate and consider:
    1. The district's compliance with statutory requirements and requirements imposed by rule of the commissioner or State Board of Education that relate to:
      1. Reporting data through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) or other reports required by state or federal law or court order;
      2. High school graduation requirements; or
      3. Extracurricular activities, student health and safety, purchasing, elementary class size limits, removal of a disruptive student from the classroom, at-risk programs, and prekindergarten programs;
    2. The effectiveness of the district's programs for special populations; and
    3. The effectiveness of the district's career and technology program.

Notice of Status

To Parents and Property Owners

  1. Not later than 30 calendar days after the accreditation status is assigned, appear on the home page of the district's website, with a link to the required notification, and remain until the district is assigned the accredited status; and
  2. Appear in a newspaper of general circulation, as defined in 19 Administrative Code 97.1051 (relating to Definitions), in the district for three consecutive days as follows:
    1. From Sunday through Tuesday of the second week following assignment of the status; or
    2. If the newspaper is not published from Sunday through Tuesday, then for three consecutive issues of the newspaper beginning the second week following assignment of the status; or
  3. Not later than 30 calendar days after the status is assigned, be sent by first class mail addressed individually to each parent of a student enrolled in the district and each property owner in the district; or
  4. Not later than 30 calendar days after the status is assigned, be presented as a discussion item in a public meeting of the board of trustees conducted at a time and location that allows parents of students enrolled in the district and property owners in the district to attend and provide public comment.

To TEA

  1. The universal resource locator (URL) for the link to the notification required above; and
  2. Copies of the notice in the newspaper showing dates of publication, or a paid invoice showing the notice content and its dates of publication; or
  3. Copies of the notice sent by mail and copies of all mailing lists and postage receipts; or
  4. Copies of the notice presented at a public meeting and copies of the board of trustees meeting notice and minutes for the board meeting in which the notice was presented and publicly discussed.

Performance Indicators

  1. Improving student preparedness for success in subsequent grade levels and entering the workforce, the military, or postsecondary education;
  2. Reducing, with the goal of eliminating, student academic achievement differentials among students from different racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds; and
  3. Informing parents and the community regarding campus and district performance.

Achievement Indicators

  1. Student achievement domain;
  2. School progress domain; and
  3. Closing the gaps domain.

A–F Performance Ratings

  1. A reflects exemplary performance.
  2. B reflects recognized performance.
  3. C reflects acceptable performance.
  4. D reflects performance that needs improvement.
  5. F reflects unacceptable performance.

Local Accountability System

  1. Must require a district, in assigning an overall performance rating for a campus, to incorporate:
    1. Domain performance ratings assigned by the commissioner under Education Code 39.054 [see A–F Performance Ratings, above]; and
    2. Performance ratings based on locally developed domains or sets of accountability measures;
  2. May permit a district to assign weights to each domain or set of accountability measures, as determined by the district, provided that the domains under Education Code 39.054 must in the aggregate account for at least 50 percent of the overall performance rating;
  3. Must require that each locally developed domain or set of accountability measures:
    1. Contains levels of performance that allow for differentiation, with assigned standards for achieving the differentiated levels;
    2. Provides for the assignment of a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F; and
    3. Meets standards for reliability and validity;
  4. Must require that calculations for overall performance ratings and each locally developed domain or set of accountability measures be capable of being audited by a third party;
  5. Must require that a district produce a campus score card that may be displayed on TEA's website; and
  6. Must require that a district or school develop and make available to the public an explanation of the methodology used to assign performance ratings under this section.

Approval by TEA

  1. After review, the agency determines the plan meets the minimum requirements under this section and agency rule;
  2. At the commissioner's discretion, an audit conducted by the agency verifies the calculations included in the plan; and
  3. A review panel approves the plan.

Review Panel

Campus Performance Ratings

  1. Report the performance ratings to the agency; and
  2. Make the performance ratings available to the public as provided by commissioner rule.

If a district has been approved under Education Code 39.0544 to assign campus performance ratings and the commissioner has not assigned a campus overall performance rating of D or F, the commissioner shall assign the campus an overall performance rating based on the district-assigned performance rating under the local accountability system. A reference in law to an acceptable rating or acceptable performance includes an overall domain performance rating of A, B, C, or D or performance that is exemplary, recognized, or acceptable performance, or performance that needs improvement. Education Code 39.054(a)

Distinction Designations for Outstanding Performance

Academic Distinction

Campus Distinction

  1. Improvement in student achievement;
  2. Closing student achievement differentials; and
  3. Academic achievement in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.

The commissioner may award a distinction designation for outstanding performance in advanced middle or junior high school student achievement. Education Code 39.203(d)

Excellence Exemptions

  1. A prohibition on conduct that constitutes a criminal offense;
  2. Requirements imposed by federal law or rule, including requirements for special education or bilingual education programs;
  3. A requirement, restriction, or prohibition relating to:
    1. Curriculum essential knowledge and skills or high school graduation requirements;
    2. Public school accountability;
    3. Extracurricular activities;
    4. Health and safety;
    5. Purchasing;
    6. Elementary class size limits;
    7. Removal of a disruptive student from the classroom;
    8. At-risk programs;
    9. Prekindergarten programs;
    10. Rights and benefits of school employees;
    11. Special education programs; or
    12. Bilingual education programs.

Huntington ISD

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UPDATE 113

DATE ISSUED: 6/3/2019