Texas Education Commissioner Gives the ‘Final Draft’ of the New Accountability Rules
Taking a quick look now. You can look for yourself here.
Bottom line: Schools and districts will still be evaluated almost entirely by a slice ‘n dice of the STAAR tests. The only factors included that I can see that aren’t test results are related to graduation rates and to the number of students who graduate under the Recommended High School Program (RHSP) and Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP). Nothing about anything else that’s not measured by the STAAR tests. Got a great band program? Not included. Got a great college prep program? Not included. Topnotch tech program? Not included. Amazing counseling program? Unless it results in better STAAR scores or higher graduation rates, still doesn’t matter.
I predict that the school superintendents who were upset about the old standards won’t be much happier with these.