AIB(LEGAL) - ACCOUNTABILITY: PERFORMANCE REPORTING
District Annual Report
The board shall publish an annual report describing the educational performance of the district and of each campus in the district that includes uniform student performance and descriptive information as determined under rules adopted by the commissioner of education. Education Code 39.306(a)
Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)
The performance report provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under Education Code 39.306 shall be termed the 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.
19 TAC 61.1022(a)–(b), (e); Education Code 39.306(d)
Other Annual Report Information
The annual report must also include:
- Campus performance objectives established under Education Code 11.253 and the progress of each campus toward those objectives, which shall be available to the public;
- Information indicating the district's accreditation status and identifying each district campus awarded a distinction designation or considered an unacceptable campus under Education Code Chapter 39A;
- The district's current special education compliance status with the agency;
- A statement of the number, rate, and type of violent or criminal incidents that occurred on each district campus, to the extent permitted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g);
- Information concerning school violence prevention and violence intervention policies and procedures that the district is using to protect students;
- The findings that result from evaluations conducted under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.);
- Information received under Education Code 51.403(e) for each high school campus in the district, presented in a form determined by the commissioner; and
- Progress of the district and each campus in the district toward meeting the goals set in the district's early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency plans and college, career, and military readiness plans [see EA].
Education Code 39.306(a)
The report must include a statement of the amount, if any, of the school district's unencumbered surplus fund balance as of the last day of the preceding fiscal year and the percentage of the preceding year's budget that the surplus represents. Education Code 39.306(g)
The report must also include the number of school counselors providing counseling services at each campus. Education Code 39.306(d-1)
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.
Education Code 39.306(e)
Supplemental information to be included in the reports shall be determined by the board. Education Code 39.306(b)
The board shall hold a hearing for public discussion of the report. 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)
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. 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. 19 TAC 61.1022(d)
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(f)
The information in the annual report 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
Each school year, TEA shall prepare and 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 in the notice 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
Quality of Learning Indicators
The commissioner shall also adopt indicators of the quality of learning for the purpose of preparing performance reports. Performance on the indicators shall be evaluated in the same manner provided for evaluation of the achievement indicators under Education Code 39.053(c) [see Achievement Indicators, AIA].
The quality of learning indicators must include:
- The percentage of graduating students who meet the course requirements for the foundation high school program, the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation high school program, and each endorsement described by Education Code 28.025(c-1) [see EIF];
- The results of the SAT, ACT, and certified workforce training programs;
- For students who have failed to satisfy the state standard on an assessment, the performance of those students on subsequent assessments, aggregated by grade level and subject area;
- For each campus, the number of students, disaggregated by major student subpopulations, who take courses under the foundation high school program and take additional courses to earn an endorsement, disaggregated by type of endorsement;
- The percentage of students, aggregated by grade level, provided accelerated instruction under after unsatisfactory performance on a state assessment; the results of assessment instruments administered under the accelerated instruction program; the percentage of students promoted through the grade placement committee process; the subject of the assessment instrument on which each student failed to perform satisfactorily under each performance standard; and the performance of those students in the school year following that promotion on the state assessments;
- The percentage of students of limited English proficiency exempted from the administration of an assessment;
- The percentage of students in a special education program assessed through alternative assessment instruments;
- The percentage of students who satisfy the college readiness measure;
- The measure of progress toward dual language proficiency for students of limited English proficiency;
- The percentage of students who are not educationally disadvantaged;
- The percentage of students who enroll and begin instruction at an institution of higher education in the school year following high school graduation; and
- The percentage of students who successfully complete the first year of instruction at an institution of higher education without needing a developmental education course.
Education Code 39.301
Results Driven Accountability (RDA)
In accordance with Education Code 7.028(a), the purpose of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) is to report annually on the performance of districts in selected program areas: bilingual education/English as a Second Language, career and technical education, special education, and certain Title programs under federal law. The performance of a district is reported through indicators of student performance and program effectiveness and corresponding performance levels established by the commissioner. 19 TAC 97.1005; Education Code 7.028(a)
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