AIB(LEGAL) - ACCOUNTABILITY: PERFORMANCE REPORTING
District Performance Report — TAPR
TEA shall provide to each district a Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). The intent of the TAPR is to inform the public about the educational performance of the district and of each campus in the district in relation to the district, the state, and a comparable group of schools. The TAPR will present the campus performance information as well as the student, staff, and financial information required by statute. It will also include any explanations and additional information deemed appropriate to the intent of the report.
The district may not alter the report provided by TEA. However, the district may concurrently provide additional information to the public that supplements or explains information in the TAPR. The report may include the following information:
- Student information, including total enrollment, enrollment by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and grade groupings and retention rates;
- Financial information, including revenues and expenditures;
- Staff information, including number and type of staff by sex, ethnicity, years of experience, and highest degree held, teacher and administrator salaries, and teacher turnover;
- Program information, including student enrollment by program, teachers by program, and instructional operating expenditures by program; and
- The number of students placed in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) under Education Code Chapter 37.
The report must also include the number of school counselors providing counseling services at each campus.
Supplemental information to be included in the reports shall be determined by the board.
Education Code 39.306(a)–(b), (d)–(e), (g); 19 TAC 61.1022(a)–(b), (e)
A board shall hold a hearing for public discussion of the TAPR within 90 days after the report is received from TEA. The hearing may take place during a regularly scheduled or special meeting of the board.
The board shall give notice of the hearing to property owners in the district and parents of and other persons standing in parental relation to a district student. The notice of hearing must include notice to a newspaper of general circulation in the district and notice to electronic media serving the district.
Education Code 39.306(c); 19 TAC 61.1022(c)
The TAPR must be published within two weeks after the public hearing, in the same format as it was received from TEA. The board shall disseminate the report by posting it on the district website and in public places, such as each school office, local businesses, and public libraries. Education Code 39.306(c); 19 TAC 61.1022(d), (f)
The information in the TAPR shall be a primary consideration in district and campus planning. It shall also be a primary consideration of the board in the evaluation of the performance of the superintendent, and of the superintendent in the evaluation of the performance of campus principals. Education Code 39.307
Campus Performance Report — SRC
Each school year, TEA shall distribute to each district a report card for each campus. The campus report card distributed by TEA shall be termed the "school" report card (SRC). The intent of the SRC is to inform each student's parents or guardians about the school's performance and characteristics. The SRC will present the student, staff, financial, and performance information required by statute, as well as any explanations and additional information deemed appropriate to the intent of the report.
The district must disseminate each SRC within six weeks after the SRC is received from TEA. The school may not alter the report provided by TEA; however, it may concurrently provide additional information to the parents or guardians that supplements or explains information in the SRC.
The SRC must be distributed to the parent, guardian, conservator, or other person having lawful control of each student at the campus. On written request, a district shall provide a copy of the SRC to any other party.
The campus administration may provide the SRC in the same manner it would normally transmit official communications to parents and guardians, such as including the SRC in a weekly folder sent home with each student, mailing it to the student's residence, providing it at a teacher-parent conference, enclosing it with the student report card, or sending it via electronic mail.
Education Code 39.305; 19 TAC 61.1021
Not later than the tenth day after the first day of instruction of each school year, a district that maintains an Internet website shall make the following information available:
- The information in the most recent campus report card for each campus in the district;
- The information contained in the most recent performance report for the district;
- The most recent accreditation status and performance rating of the district; and
- A definition and explanation of each accreditation status, based on commissioner rule.
Education Code 39.362
Student Performance Report
Each year, TEA shall report to a district whether each student fell below, met, or exceeded the necessary target for improvement necessary to be prepared to perform satisfactorily on, as applicable, the grade five assessments, the grade eight assessments, and the end-of-course assessments required for graduation. Education Code 39.034, .302
Notice to Parents
The district a student attends shall provide a record of the annual improvement information from TEA in a written notice to the student's parent or other person standing in parental relationship. If a student failed to perform satisfactorily on a state assessment, the district shall include specific information relating to access to online educational resources at the appropriate assessment instrument content level, including educational resources and assessment instrument questions and released answers. Education Code 39.303
Notice to Teachers and Students
A district shall prepare a report of the annual improvement information and provide the report at the beginning of the school year to:
- Each teacher for all students, including incoming students, who took a state assessment; and
- All students who were provided instruction by that teacher in the subject for which the assessment instrument was administered.
The report shall indicate whether the student performed satisfactorily or, if the student did not perform satisfactorily, whether the student met the standard for annual improvement.
Education Code 39.304
High School Allotment Annual Performance Review
At an open meeting of the board of trustees, each district must establish annual performance goals for programs, activities, and strategies implemented with high school allotment funds related to the following performance indicators:
- Percentage of students graduating from high school;
- Enrollment in advanced courses, including College Board advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, and dual or college credit courses; and
- Percentage of "College-Ready Graduates," as defined by 19 Administrative Code 61.1094(2).
Annually, the board of trustees of a district must review its progress in relation to the performance indicators specified above. Progress should be assessed based on information that is disaggregated with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.
A district must ensure that decisions about the continuation or establishment of programs, activities, and strategies implemented with high school allotment funds are based on:
- State assessment results and other student performance data;
- Standards for success and cost-effectiveness as established by the commissioner of education under Education Code 39.233(a)(1); and
- Guidance for improving high school completion and success and college readiness programs as established by the commissioner under Education Code 39.233(a)(2).
19 TAC 61.1099
Federal Report Card
A district that receives Title I funding shall prepare and disseminate an annual federal report card that includes information on the district as a whole and each school within the district.
The federal report card shall be concise; presented in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand; and accessible to the public, which shall include placing the report card on the district's website. If the district does not operate a website, the information in the report card must be provided to the public in another manner determined by the district.
The federal report card shall include the information required in the annual state report card described at 20 U.S.C. 6311(h)(1)(C), as applied to the district and each school served by the district, including:
- In the case of the district, information that shows how students served by the district achieved on state academic assessments compared to students in the state as a whole;
- In the case of a school, information that shows how the school's students' achievement on state academic assessments compared to students served by the district and the state as a whole; and
- Any other information that the district determines is appropriate and will best provide parents, students, and other members of the public with information regarding the progress of each public school served by the district, whether or not such information is included in the annual state report card.
20 U.S.C. 6311(h)(2)
District Data on Academic Achievement
On request by the board, TEA shall create a website that members of the board may use to review campus and district academic achievement data. The website must also be made available to campuses in a similar manner that access is provided to the board.
The website must:
- Include district information, disaggregated by campus, grade, sex, race, academic quarter or semester, as applicable, and school year, regarding the following:
- Student academic achievement and growth;
- Teacher and student attendance; and
- Student discipline records; and
- Be updated at least once each quarter of the school year.
The commissioner shall provide information that permits a board member to compare the district's academic performance with the academic performance of other districts of similar size and racial and economic demographics.
A district must provide requested information to the commissioner for the creation of the website. Confidential information received by the commissioner remains confidential. The commissioner shall design the website to ensure that public information is made available to the public, and information submitted by districts noted as confidential is not made available to the public.
A request for public information under this provision shall be submitted to the district that provides the agency with the information. TEA may not release information submitted by a district that is noted as confidential information.
Education Code 11.1516