In early January 2017, the Texas Education Agency released a list of provisional A-F ratings that each school and district would have received in four domains (Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Post-Secondary Readiness) had the proposed A-F rating system, scheduled to begin in 2018, been in place for the 2015-16 year. The provisional ratings did not in any way impact the official 2016 district or campus accountability ratings in which La Porte ISD and all of its campuses were rated “Met Standard,” which is currently the highest rating available.
The attached chart shows Moak, Casey & Associates’ determination of each La Porte ISD school’s overall letter rating. According to the firm’s calculations, 10 La Porte ISD campuses would have received a “B,” while La Porte Elementary School would have received a “C.” Viola DeWalt High School is a campus subject to alternative accountability ratings, and Moak, Casey & Associates did not rate it as part of this research.
TEA’s Dec. 30, 2016, A-F Ratings Report on the proposed system explains that 55 percent of the overall rating would be based upon Domain I, Student Achievement; Domain II, Student Progress; and Domain II, Closing Performance Gaps. Domain IV, Post-Secondary Readiness, would account for 35 percent of the overall grade, with Domain V, Community and Student Engagement, accounting for 10 percent of the overall grade.
The 55 percent represented by Domains I, II and II would include the best of either Domain I or II (35 percent of the overall grade) and Domain III (20 percent of the overall grade). These domains reflect student performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
The La Porte ISD Board of Trustees joined many other districts throughout the state in calling on lawmakers to repeal the A-F rating system by approving a resolution at its Jan. 24 meeting with a 5-1 vote. Graham added that the district’s goal is to “increase achievement and success for each student through rigorous, broad-based academic programs and numerous co- and extracurricular activities that cannot be accurately validated by a letter-grade label.”