At area school districts the grades were wildly mixed with Uvalde scoring an “F” and Brackettville and Laredo United each graded with an “A”
Eagle Pass, TX - As a whole Eagle Pass schools received a solid upper level “B” grade from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for academic performance during the 2017-18 school year. TEA’s first ever simplified grading reports were released on Wednesday scoring schools across the state in the traditional form practiced for students’ report cards of a letter grade ranging from “A” to “F”, and also attaching a numerical grade to further define a school district’s ranking.
Overall, EPISD schools were graded at a “B” plus with a numerical value of 87. Statewide out of 829 districts and charter school systems rated on the “A to F” scale, 153 districts or 18.46% earned an “A” rating; 356 districts or 42.94% earned a “B” rating; 247 districts 29.79% were scored at a “C”; 57 districts 6.88% fell below average with “D” grade and; 16 public school systems or 1.93% were found to be failing “F”.
At area school districts the grades were wildly mixed with Uvalde scoring an “F” and Brackettville and Laredo United each graded with an “A”:
Brackettville - “A” - 92
Carrizo Springs - “B” - 80
Crystal City - “C” - 71
Eagle Pass ISD - “B” - 87
Laredo ISD - “B” - 87
La Pryor - “C” - 76
San Felipe Del Rio ISD - “B” - 80
Laredo United ISD - “A” - 92
Uvalde - “F” - 59
This new report card is designed to tell us how well we are helping students reach grade level and how well we are preparing them for success after high school. Much like the grades we give students, we can use these grades to identify ways to help schools improve over time. The overall grade is based on performance in three different areas, or domains, which are noted below, TEA reported.
Districts earn a B (80–89) for recognized performance when they serve many students well, encouraging high academic achievement and/or appropriate academic growth for most students.
Overall grades for schools are calculated based on performance in three key areas, or domains. We take the higher score between how much students know and can do (Student Achievement) or how much better students are doing than last year or than peers in similar schools (School Progress). We then consider whether performance gaps exist among different groups of students (Closing the Gaps).
This design reflects a commitment to recognizing high student achievement and the impact of highly effective educators while maintaining focus on the students most in need. Ratings options for the overall score out of 100 are:
A:90–100 B:80–89 C:70–79 D:60–69 F: 0–59
Stakeholders in public education can review the new accountability report cards for every district at txschools.org website set by TEA. Within this website there is a feature to dig deeper into the raw STAAR scores from which these letter grades have been developed and reviewing this shows a hefty curve is being applied to rate Texas schools’ performance.
For example, for EPISD to earn a “B” grade only 51% of over 9,600 students taking STAAR exams had to meet grade level knowledge and achievement.
Many see this latest design of reporting accountability of Texas public schools as a further indictment of high stakes standardized testing as a suitable measure for grading academic achievement. With the pitiful “grade level” achievement of Texas students on STAAR tests either the material these students are expected to master is beyond reasonable goals or Texas schools are failing miserably and TEA is masking this failure in their reporting.