Explanation of Accountability Rating and Distinctions

  • Accountability ratings for the district and for each individual campus are released each year in August by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). For the 2013-14 school year, there were two ratings available for the district and each traditional campus: (1) Met Standard; or (2) Improvement Required. These ratings are based on four performance indexes: (1) Index 1 – improving student achievement at all levels in core subjects; (2) Index 2 – ensuring progress of all students toward Advanced Academic Performance (STAAR Level III); (3) Index 3 – closing advanced academic performance gaps among groups (STAAR Level III); and (4) Index 4 –rewarding excellence based on indicators other than state assessment results (postsecondary readiness). 
     
    In addition to the Performance Indexes, campuses and districts may be eligible for distinction designations awarded by TEA when a campus/district meets certain criteria within the comparison group assigned to that particular campus. Comparison groups are made up of 40 campuses that closely match an individual campus. Demographic characteristics used to create the comparison groups include:
     

    1.Campus type (elementary, middle, high school);

    2.Grade span;

    3.Campus size (total student enrollment);

    4.Percent of students who are economically disadvantaged;

    5.Percent of students identified as English language learners (ELLS); and

    6.Percent of students identified as mobile.

    For 2013-14 accountability, there were seven (7) distinction designations awarded by TEA, all based on comparison groups, and each with a unique set of indicators:

    Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA: awarded to campuses for outstanding academic achievement in reading/English language arts, based on performance in the top 25% of comparison group.
    1. Academic Achievement in Math: awarded to campuses for outstanding academic achievement in mathematics, based on performance in the top 25% of comparison group.
    2. Academic Achievement in Science (new in 2014): awarded to campuses for outstanding academic achievement in science, based on performance in the top 25% of comparison group.
    3. Academic Achievement in Social Studies(new in 2014): awarded to campuses for outstanding academic achievement in social studies, based on performance in the top 25% of comparison group.
    4. Top 25 Percent: Student Progress: awarded for outstanding improvement in student progress (based on Index 2 above). The campus must be ranked in the top 25% of campuses in its campus comparison group for Index 2.
    5. Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps (new in 2014): awarded for outstanding performance in closing student achievement gaps if a campus is ranked in the top 25% of campuses in its campus comparison group for Index 3.
    6. Postsecondary Readiness 
    (new in 2014): awarded to campuses and districts with outstanding academic performance in attainment of postsecondary readiness.

    Plainview ISD is proud to report the achievements of our campuses in the area of distinction designations. Please note that alternative campuses and campuses rated “Improvement Required” are not eligible for distinction designations.