On Friday, Jan. 6, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released provisional A–F ratings for districts and campuses based on data from the 2015–16 school year as required by HB 2804 passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015.
While Decatur ISD believes that schools and districts should be held accountable for providing the highest quality education for students, we encourage parents and community members to use caution when interpreting these provisional A–F ratings for the following reasons:
Although an A–F grading system seems simple and understandable to most people, the calculations needed to determine each letter grade are extremely complicated and lack transparency. In fact, TEA did not release information to districts on exactly how the calculations were to be made until December 16, 2016. Therefore, it is recommended that parents and community members keep in mind what the Commissioner himself termed a “work-in-progress” nature of the A–F rating system.
Under the proposed system, Decatur ISD posted a B in student achievement, a B in student progress, a C in closing performance gaps among students, and scored a D in postsecondary readiness. The final score, in postsecondary readiness, was tabulated using data from the 2014-15 school year.
“We are proud of our district, our teachers, and our students. I do not feel our district nor our community is willing to accept a rating based on a single-day performance of our students,” said Rod Townsend, Superintendent. “Our students and our teachers are much more than one test and one score.”
Regardless of the new labeling system, we have high standards in Decatur ISD. The new system will inform us, but it will not define us. Plans are already in place to continue to make us an innovative district that is responsive to the needs of our students. In addition, it is important for us to continue to tell our story of excellence every chance we get.
|2015-2016 A-F Ratings|
|December 30, 2016|
|District/Campus||Domain I||Domain II||Domain III||Domain IV|
|McCarroll Middle 6th Grade||B||D||D||C|