Accountability ratings for Texas school districts were released last Friday, July 27, by the Texas Education Agency. The Blanco Independent School District received an Academically Acceptable rating, falling from the Recognized rating received last year. Academically Acceptable is the third-highest rating a school or district can receive.
School districts across Texas saw an overall fall in ratings, due in large part to the end of the Texas Projection Measure, which helped to boost ratings for schools the past two years.
Ratings for the schools did not change from last year. Blanco Middle School is rated as Recognized, and both the elementary and high schools are rated Academically Acceptable.
Reports show that 569 schools and 88 districts were ranked Academically Unacceptable this year, as opposed to 104 schools and just 37 districts in 2010.
This school year, TEA will introduce a new accountability test, the STAAR State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness which is reported to be a more rigorous assessment program developed to meet the requirements of House Bill 3 which was passed by the 81st Texas Legislature and incorporated into Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 39.
STAAR will test the same subjects as TAKS for students in grades 3-8, but for high school students, STAAR will mean twelve end-of-course assessments for the following courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, World Geography, World History, and U.S. History.
According to the TEA, “accountability ratings will not be released in 2011-2012 while student performance standards are set on the STAAR and the new accountability system is developed.