OnAccountability 2019

Welcome to OnAccountability 2019

1.OnAccountability - Updates #

Welcome to the OnDataSuite OnAccountability page

This site  will be dedicated to providing our district accountability users updates and information on items that will affect your accountability reports in OnDataSuite.

The majority of the information located in they UPDATES section will also be sent via email to anyone who has checked ‘Accountability’  in their OnDataSuite “Job Title and Areas of Interest Settings” located under their “My Account” administrative section.

 

 

Last updated on May 9, 2019

1.1.5/31/2019 -TEA CCMR Preview File 2 #

Uploading of CCMR data file to be temporarily disabled
In light of the new CCMR file provided by the state on May 31, 2019, we have disabled the ability to upload any CCMR data file into OnDataSuite. We will provide a notification to all clients once this option has been reactivated.

Explanation of why
Earlier today (May 31, 2019) TEA provided districts with a secondary CCMR PREVIEW file. This file layout differs significantly from the initial PREVIEW file provided to districts in late April that were used to in the development of both the A-F accountability system as well as the the CCMR EWS / TEA toggle fields option.

In addition to this file layout being different, the contents of this new file do not represent a continuation of the initial file values but rather creates a continuation of the fields and values that were not included in the initial PREVIEW 1 file.

We had anticipated that this new file would provide a wipe/replace option for prelim file 1 but now that we have seen the file, we are working toward a solution that will merge the data from both prelim file 1 and prelim file 2.

Example of both files that shows the change in file layout structure

Last updated on June 1, 2019

1.2.5/8/2019 CCMR Preview File #

In preparation for the upcoming 2019 Accountability cycle, OnDataSuite will be deleting all currently uploaded CCMR file center files on Friday, May 10, 2019

Due to changes made in the recently TEAL released TEA CCMR spreadsheet, on Friday May 10, OnDataSuite will be deleting all previously loaded TEA CCMR files from your file center and we are asking our districts to re-upload them and assign a year and preview/final indicator.

For details on how to upload your files please visit our online manual site at this link:
https://manuals.ondatasuite.com/index.php/users-manual/#loading-ccmr-files

How will this affect my accountability reporting within OnDataSuite?

The deletion of the prior year CCMR file will only temporarily affect the A-F Student Achievement displays of TEA data reported last for the 2018 accountability year.  To this point, the upload of the prior year CCMR data should be considered historical in nature. Once you re-upload your files your reports will refresh to accurately display whether the data is a preview view or a final view. Additionally, as a bonus, this change will now allow districts to view their CCMR Preview data in direct comparison to the CCMR Early Warning (EWS) Report. (To be released soon.)

Why are we doing this?

Districts are loading their latest CCMR Preview files into OnDataSuite file center CCMR location and it is adversely affecting the A-F Domain 1 CCMR  reports. Because these files are used in the accountability A-F reporting calculations as reported by the state and due to the fact that these preview CCMR files do not contain all the necessary data required fields, we had to update our file center upload process. 

What is the difference between the CCMR file and the CCMR Preview File?

This year TEA provided districts with a an excel formatted CCMR PREVIEW file in late April of 2019 via the TEASE/TEAL system. While this file contained several columns that were also included in the prior year CCMR file, it did not maintain the same file structure or include certain populated data fields in all areas. This deviation in file structure was causing issues for districts who were trying to upload files into the OnDataSuite file center and then reference the data from within the A-F reporting system. 


OnDataSuite CCMR data file solution – Updates to upload process and report adjustment

To accommodate the changes to the TEA released CCMR Preview file, we are updating our TEA CCMR file center upload process and asking our districts to now specify the year the file is tied to as well as if the file is considered a ‘preview’ or ‘final’ file. This will allow districts to see their preview data in the A-F system under the Domain 1 detail report but will not be considered complete until the final file is released by TEA. Once a final file is uploaded the A-F system will again utilize the final CCMR data to supersede our calculated A-F CCMR values. Prior to the preview file release this table would be blank until the final file was obtained and uploaded.

This update will now allow districts to compare their CCMR Early Warning Report to the state released CCMR Preview and final reported CCMR file.

Please be aware that the uploading of any CCMR file in the file center does not have any effect on the CCMR EWS report. The CCMR EWS report is based solely on the calculation of individual data files uploaded into the file center. These individual data files are used to calculate the predicted CCMR point accumulation and adhere to the scored test-to-point accrual as outlined by the latest released accountability manual.

However, OnDataSuite has determined that it would be beneficial for our districts to compare their CCMR EWS reports to both the Preview as well as the final CCMR reports made available through the state. With this new update to the CCMR file center upload process, once a file has been uploaded into the CCMR file center, users will now have the ability to toggle-view their current CCMR EWS report  alongside their latest state provided data file.

This report is to be released soon along with support training dates. 

 

 

Last updated on May 10, 2019

1.2.1.CCMR Preview TEA Notification #

CCMR Preview file as explained by TEA (Notification sent to superintendents on 4/25/2019)

Please review the notification that was sent to superintendents during the release of the CCMR preview file. Items of importance to the reporting of this data through the OnDataSuite accountability reporting tools have been highlighted.

April 25, 2019

TO THE SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSED:

This correspondence is to notify you that you may now download the 2019 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Preview Student Listing in Excel from the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application.

This preview listing contains 2019 CCMR data for 2017–18 annual graduates and 2017–18 non-graduating 12th graders that have been processed by Performance Reporting. The data for the remaining CCMR indicators are currently being processed and will be released for preview in late May. A final 2019 CCMR Student Listing will be released in mid-June.

The April 25 preview listing contains student-level data for the following CCMR indicators:

  • Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)
  • Special Education Graduate with Advanced Degree Plan
  • College Prep Course Completion
  • Dual Credit Completion (3 hours for ELA/reading or math or 9 hours in any subject)
  • Associates Degree
  • Military Enlistment
  • IEP Completion with Workforce Readiness
  • CTE Coherent Sequence Graduate with Industry-Based Certification Aligned Coursework
  • Industry-Based Certifications

Please note that all students who meet the requirements for the CTE coursework aligned with industry-based certifications are indicated in this listing, regardless of whether they meet the criteria for other indicators. On the final listing, which is scheduled to be released in mid-June, students who meet the criteria for at least one other CCMR indicator will be removed from this column. Only those students who do not meet any other CCMR indicator will receive the 0.5 point credit.

Purpose

The purpose of this preview listing is to provide districts early access to CCMR data that is provided to the agency by outside testing entities, such as the College Board. Districts should review the student listing and compare TSIA data with local records. If discrepancies are identified, districts may notify the Performance Reporting Division using the instructions below.

Supported Web Browsers

The TEAL Accountability application is not fully compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari web browsers to view and download content through TEAL Accountability.

District-Provided TSIA Data Submission Instructions

If a district has a CCMR-qualifying TSIA record for a 2017–18 annual graduate or 2017–18 non-graduating 12th grader that is not reflected in the preview listing, the district may notify Performance Reporting by using the following instructions. In order to be considered, the TSIA must have been administered by October 31, 2018, and have met the criterion score of 350 for reading and/or 351 for math. All submissions must be completed by 5:00 PM CDT on May 15, 2019.

  • Complete the District Contact and Data Entry tabs of the 2019 District-Provided TSIA Data spreadsheet. The Instructions tab provides data entry parameters.
  • Save copies of official TSIA results as PDFs. An example of an acceptable, official result from the College Board is provided in a link below.
  • Submit the completed spreadsheet and all supporting documentation securely via Accellion. A link to Accellion registration and instructions is provided in the Instructions tab of the spreadsheet. Spreadsheets will only be accepted via Accellion.
  • Only one spreadsheet should be submitted per district. All campuses and all students should be listed on the same Data Entry tab.
  • All spreadsheets and supporting documentation must be received by 5:00 PM CDT on May 15, 2019. The agency will not prompt districts for missing data.
  • This is not an opportunity to correct TSDS PEIMS data that were inaccurately reported by the district. A district that submits inaccurate data must follow the Texas Education Data Standards procedures and timelines for resubmitting data.

All 2019 District-Provided TSIA Data submissions will receive a delivery receipt. Additionally, Performance Reporting will notify districts of outcomes for each student after the TSIA data has been processed. Please note that the data processed during this time will only impact TSIA data as is used in accountability calculations and associated reporting. Updated data sets will not be provided to other TEA divisions or state agencies.

If you have questions, please contact the Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Thank you.

Contact Information
Texas Education Agency
Performance Reporting Division
(512) 463-9704
performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov

Attachment – TSIA Record Example
Attachment – 2019 District Provided TSIA Data

 

 

Heather C. Smalley
Performance Reporting Division
Texas Education Agency
512-463-9704

http://tea.texas.gov/accountability/

Last updated on May 8, 2019

3.TEA Perf Reporting Email #

TEA Performance Reporting Email
We have also included TEA Perf Reporting Email section to this page which will serve as an archive of all TEA accountability related, ‘This week in Performance Reporting’ listserve emails. This will provide our users with an easy way to look up past agency postings regarding accountability specific items.

Only items pertaining to Accountability will be kept in these archive posts. Users wishing to see the posts in their entirety are encouraged to sign up for the TEA listserve

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new

 

Last updated on May 9, 2019

3.1.7/19/2019 Accountability Manual Updates #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Accountability

2019 Accountability Manual

The administrative rule adoption process for Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual is complete; the final versions are available at https://tea.texas.gov/2019accountabilitymanual.aspx. Once all 2019 appendices are finalized, a comprehensive PDF including all chapters and appendices will be made available.

The 2019 Accountability Manual describes the 2019 accountability system and explains how information from various sources is used to measure district and campus performance, assign accountability ratings, and award distinction designations. Below is a summary of the changes that were made the adopted version of Chapters 1–11.

At adoption, page numbers throughout Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual were updated. The adopted text also includes the following changes either to provide clarification to readers or in response to public comment.

Chapter 1 was not changed.

Chapter 2 was revised to clarify that English learners (ELs) who are in their second year in U.S. schools who have a parental denial for EL services do not receive an EL performance measure and are included in the same manner as non-ELs.  Language was revised to clarify that in order to receive credit in the CCMR component for OnRamps, a graduate must qualify for university or college credit. A conflicting sentence about the use of small numbers analysis in the dropout rate methodology was removed.

Chapter 3 was updated to remove a sentence that explained the methodology shown in the chart for Academic Growth points. A statement was added to the Relative Performance section clarifying the economically disadvantaged percentage is rounded to one decimal place.

Chapter 4 was updated to reflect multiple changes. Language was added to clarify that the continuously enrolled, non-continuously enrolled, and former special education student groups are not evaluated for the 4-year federal graduation rate component. The word “rate” was removed from the Inclusions to the Four-Year Federal Dropout Definition heading for clarity. A formula was added to the English Language Proficiency (ELP) section for clarity. Language was revised to clarify that in order to receive credit in the CCMR component for OnRamps, a graduate or non-graduating 12th grader must qualify for university or college credit. The 2019 ELP target was updated to 36 percent.

Chapter 5 was updated to finalize chart to page number references throughout.

Chapter 6 was not changed.

Chapter 7 was not changed.

Chapter 8 was not changed.

Chapter 9 was not changed.

Chapter 10 was updated to change an “and” to an “or” in the additional targeted support example for clarity.

Chapter 11 was not changed.

TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Local Accountability System

Please see the timeline below for important dates for districts considering participation in LAS 2019–20. Additional information is also available on the LAS website.

  • 9/2/19                            Notification of Interest (NOI) due to TEA
  • 9/3/19–9/30/19         District LAS trainings at TEA (required for new districts)
  • 11/1/19                          Final 2019–20 LAS plans due to TEA

Have a question or comment about the local accountability system? Drop us a line at LAS@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

STAAR June 2019 Grades 5 and 8 Mathematics and Reading Retest Administration

Reports for the June 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading retest administration have been posted. STAAR Report Cards, campus rosters, summary reports, and data files can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Note: The STAAR Report Cards for the June 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading retest administration will be available online only. No printed copies will be shipped. 

The Student Portal was also updated. Parents can access their child’s June 2019 mathematics and reading results using a unique access code, which can be found on their child’s STAAR Report Card. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQs

How are 12th grade students identified for inclusion in the College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) component of Closing the Gaps? 

The Closing the Gaps CCMR denominator is annual graduates plus students in grade 12 who did not graduate. This includes grade 12 students who were in attendance during the last six weeks of school year 2017–18 but did not graduate, as reported in TSDS PEIMS attendance records.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinars

Performance Reporting is pleased to offer a summer learning webinar series. These presentations will provide an explanation of each domain within the accountability system and an understanding of how performance data is used to generate a rating for campuses and districts. These webinars are designed for audiences who are not familiar with the accountability rating system or need training on the most crucial components within the system.

All webinars are offered through Zoom, a free video conference service. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the summer. You can sign up using a Zoom, Google, or Facebook login. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for free.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinar Dates

Understanding the Closing the Gaps Domain—August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the School Progress Domain recording—July 10, 2019

Understanding the Student Achievement Domain recording—June 12, 2019 

Performance Reporting Calendar

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (txschools.gov and https://tea.texas.gov/2019Accountability.aspx )

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 15—Campuses identified for comprehensive, targeted, and additional targeted support and improvement for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on July 20, 2019

3.2.7/12/2019 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Accountability

This week the agency posted the final 2019 Accountability Administrator’s Guide. This guide is intended to provide relevant information about this year’s accountability system to school district and open-enrollment charter school administrators.  It is now available at https://tea.texas.gov/2019Accountability.aspx.

TEAL Accountability Application Reminder

This summer, Performance Reporting will release confidential data tables and reports related to 2019 accountability ratings in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. In order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. You can request access at https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/.  If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Local Accountability System

Please see the timeline below for important dates for districts considering participation in LAS 2019–20. Additional information is also available on the LAS website.

  • 9/2/19                            Notification of Interest (NOI) due to TEA
  • 9/3/19–9/30/19         District LAS trainings at TEA (required for new districts)
  • 11/1/19                          Final 2019–20 LAS plans due to TEA

Have a question or comment about the local accountability system? Drop us a line at LAS@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Note: The English Learner Performance Measure (EL PM) fields on the student level data files have been populated based on results from the preliminary spring 2019 TELPAS data. Updates made by districts during the TELPAS data correction window will be processed and any possible changes will be reflected in the next regular monthly update in July.

Raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

How do the component weights in the Closing the Gaps domain change if we don’t meet minimum size in one or more components?

The weighting is proportionally distributed to those components that do meet the minimum size requirements.

For example, a middle school met the minimum number of evaluated indicators in only two components. The campus does not have five evaluated indicators in the Student Achievement Domain Score: STAAR Component Only. It also does not meet minimum size for the English Language Proficiency component. The 20 percent total weight of the Student Achievement Domain Score: STAAR Component Only and English Language Proficiency components is distributed proportionally among the two remaining components.

Removing the 20 percent from the denominator of the remaining components produces their new weights. In this case, 30/100 = 30 percent becomes 30/80 = 37.5 percent. In the same manner 50/100 = 50 percent becomes 50/80 = 62.5 percent. The new weightings sum to 100 percent as shown in the chart below:

 

Accountability Summer Learning Webinars

Performance Reporting is pleased to offer a summer learning webinar series. These presentations will provide an explanation of each domain within the accountability system and an understanding of how performance data is used to generate a rating for campuses and districts. These webinars are designed for audiences who are not familiar with the accountability rating system or need training on the most crucial components within the system.

All webinars are offered through Zoom, a free video conference service. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the summer. You can sign up using a Zoom, Google, or Facebook login. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for free.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinar Dates

Understanding the Closing the Gaps Domain—August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the School Progress Domain recording—July 10, 2019

Understanding the Student Achievement Domain recording—June 12, 2019 

Performance Reporting Calendar

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public web)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on July 13, 2019

3.3.6/20/2019 Discontinuation of Sub Assessment #

Discontinuing Use of Substitute Assessments in Future Accountability Cycles

 

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DATE:

June 20, 2019

SUBJECT:

Discontinuing Use of Substitute Assessments in Future Accountability Cycles

CATEGORY:

Notice

NEXT STEPS:

Share with appropriate staff

The purpose of this communication is to provide a final decision regarding the use of substitute assessments for purposes of accountability. This letter follows the March 21, 2019 To the Administrator Addressed letter concerning the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) response to its performance review of Texas and the state’s use of substitute assessments in academic accountability.

Context and Summary

Beginning in the 2013–2014 school year, Texas has allowed the use of substitute assessments for accountability purposes. In December 2018, the USDE issued an action item following a federal monitoring visit requiring Texas to cease this policy. On March 22, 2019, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) responded to the USDE asking for additional time to determine options for continuing this policy while remaining compliant with federal law. TEA has extensively explored options, as outlined below, and determined that our state policy on substitute assessments cannot be successfully reconciled with federal accountability statute. As a result, beginning with the 2020 accountability cycle, substitute assessments will not be included in state or federal accountability calculations. Substitute assessments will continue to be an option for students to meet state graduation requirements.

Assessment and Accountability Requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as Reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2018

Under ESEA, a state is required to adopt and administer the same academic assessments to measure the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students in the state. Furthermore, states are required to include these assessment results in the accountability system. ESEA provides districts flexibility with federal assessment requirements through the use of approved locally selected assessments. Under ESEA, locally selected assessments are defined as nationally recognized entrance or placement exams used by institutions of higher education that are administered in multiple states. Locally selected assessments must offer accommodations to all students, including English learners and children with disabilities. These assessments must undergo peer review to demonstrate alignment with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Locally selected assessments must also demonstrate alignment to the three performance levels for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), which equate to the Masters Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, and Approaches Grade Level standards. Once a nationally recognized assessment has undergone the peer review and USDE approval process, a district has the flexibility to use the same locally selected, nationally recognized assessment in place of a STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessment in all of its high schools.

Texas’ Use of Substitute Assessments

Beginning with the 2011–2012 school year, in accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC), the commissioner of education adopted into rule substitute assessments under the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §101.4002. Under this rule, a student may use an adopted substitute assessment in place of a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment to meet the student’s assessment graduation requirements.

TEA began including substitute assessments at the postsecondary readiness level (Final Level II) in accountability calculations in 2014. In conjunction with an update to STAAR performance level labels, substitute assessments were included at the Meets Grade Level standard for 2017, 2018, and 2019 accountability. The agency has been conducting studies to establish Approaches Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, and Masters Grade Level cut points for substitute assessments adopted under TAC §101.4002.

USDE’s Finding

In August 2018, a team from the USDE’s Office of State Support (OSS) Management and Support Unit reviewed TEA’s administration of fiscal requirements and certain program requirements of OSS programs—Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and School Improvement Grants. An action item contained within the OSS report stated that “TEA must cease the policy of permitting substitute assessments in accountability calculations. All students must take the reading/language arts, mathematics, and science assessments required under ESEA. Exceptions are limited to alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities and 8th grade students taking the Algebra I end-of-course assessment in place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 8 mathematics.”

Feasibility of Implementing Locally Selected Assessments in Texas

The agency, in conjunction with the Texas Legislature, stakeholders such as the Texas School Alliance and the Texas Association of School Administrators, as well as district leaders across the state, has been dedicated to the inclusion of substitute assessments in accountability. This spring TEA staff explored the feasibility of implementing locally selected assessments that would meet ESEA assessment and accountability requirements. As existing nationally recognized entrance exams do not demonstrate sufficient alignment with the TEKS for any specific course, the implementation process would require updates to both the student expectations in the TEKS and the state assessment program to establish coursework and assessments aligned with nationally recognized entrance exams. Given this finding, there appears to be no viable path around the OSS finding to cease the use of substitute assessments in accountability. Due to the timing of this notification, Performance Reporting will include the results of substitute assessments submitted by students scheduled to retest in June 2019 for STAAR EOCs. Beginning with the December 2019 and spring 2020 STAAR EOC administrations, substitute assessments will no longer be included in accountability calculations. During the upcoming year, the agency will amend TAC §101.4002 as appropriate and remove references to the inclusion of substitute assessments in accountability during the adoption of the 2020 Accountability Manual.

Continued Use of Substitute Assessments to Meet Individual Student Graduation Requirements

Substitute assessments may continue to be used to meet individual student graduation requirements as adopted under TAC §101.4002. For additional information please refer to TAC §101.4002 or contact the Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536.

Contact Information

If you have questions about academic accountability, please contact the Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely, 

Mike Morath
Commissioner of Education

Cc: District and ESC Testing Coordinators

 ESEA §1111(b)(2)(B)

 ESEA §1111(b)(2)(H)

 TEC §39.025(a-1), (a-2), and (a-3)

Last updated on June 24, 2019

3.4.6/14/2019 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Academic Accountability

The 2019 Campus Comparison Group reports are now available in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability. Campus comparison groups are used to award distinction designations, which will be publicly available on August 15, 2019. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to the campus comparison group.

To determine the campus comparison group, each campus is identified by school type (See the school types chart in “Chapter 1—2019 Accountability Overview” for more information.) then grouped with 40 other campuses from anywhere in Texas that are most similar in grade levels served, size, percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, mobility rate, percentage of English learners, percentage of students receiving special education services, and percentage of students enrolled in an Early College High School program. For additional information on campus comparison groups, please see “Appendix E – Campus Comparison Groups” in the 2019 Accountability Manual.

2019 Accountability Manual

Appendix A–E, G and H of the 2019 Accountability Manual are now available. 

“Appendix A—Acknowledgements” lists the contributors to the 2019 accountability system and manual.

“Appendix B—ESC Contacts” lists the accountability contacts by education service center (ESC) region.

“Appendix C—Statutory References” explains the statutory authority of the accountability rating system.

“Appendix D—Accountability Glossary” explains a listing of terms and definitions used throughout the accountability manual.

“Appendix E—Campus Comparison Groups” explains how campus comparison groups are used to determine distinction designations.

“Appendix G—Inclusion or Exclusion of Data ” lists the student attribution codes for removing student performance and participation results based on campus type.

“Appendix H—Data Sources” explains the data sources for the indicators used in the accountability system, including those used for distinction designations.

Local Accountability System

The 2019 Local Accountability System Manual public comment period closed on Monday, June 3, 2019 with 12 comments submitted. The TEA LAS team is incorporating feedback and preparing the manual for adoption. Suggestions and comments for future editions of the manual may be sent to the LAS mailbox.

For districts considering participation in LAS 2019–20, please see the timeline below for important dates.

  • 7/1/19–8/30/19            District LAS trainings at TEA (required for new districts)
  • 9/2/19                               Notification of Interest (NOI) due to TEA
  • 11/1/19                             Final LAS plans due to TEA

Have a question or comment about the local accountability system? Drop us a line at LAS@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for updated assessment data to be included in the consolidated accountability file (CAF), all allowable changes, such as corrections to student ID information, score code changes, and requests for rescoring of essays, must be submitted to ETS Texas Assessment Support Center by June 24, 2019.

STAAR Spring 2019 Grades 3-8 Administration

Reports for the Spring 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) grades 3-8 administration have been posted. STAAR Report Cards, campus rosters, summary reports, and data files can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System. The STAAR Report Cards for the Spring 2019 grades 3-8 administration were printed and shipped to districts along with the confidential student labels. The report cards are cumulative and include all results for the student.

The Student Portal has been updated. Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code, which can be found on their child’s STAAR Report Card. Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales for the spring EOC and grades 3-8 administrations. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Note: The English Learner Performance Measure (EL PM) fields on the student level data files have been populated based on results from the preliminary spring 2019 TELPAS data. Updates made by districts during the TELPAS data correction window will be processed and any possible changes will be reflected in the next regular monthly update in July.

Raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

In August 2018, campuses that received an Improvement Required rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains were placed on the 2019–20 Public Education Grant (PEG) List. In August 2019, will campuses that earn a D or F rating be placed on the 2020–21 PEG List?

No. The 2020–21 PEG List, which will be released in August, will include campuses that receive an F rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinars

Performance Reporting has received requests to provide training on the 2019 accountability rating system, and we’re happy to announce the creation of our summer learning webinar series. These presentations will provide an explanation of each domain within the accountability system and an understanding of how performance data is used to generate a rating for campuses and districts. These webinars are designed for audiences who are not familiar with the accountability rating system or need training on the most crucial components within the system.

All webinars are offered through Zoom, a free video conference service. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the summer. You can sign up using a Zoom, Google, or Facebook login. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for free.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinar Dates

Understanding the School Progress Domain—July 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the Closing the Gaps Domain—August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Performance Reporting Calendar

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on June 19, 2019

3.5.6/7/2019 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Academic Accountability

This week TEA’s Division of Research and Analysis released final summary reports, student listings, and rates in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability for the following:

  • Longitudinal graduation rates
  • Longitudinal graduation, continuation, or TxCHSE rates
  • Longitudinal diploma program rates
  • Annual dropout rates

Two sets of graduation rates are published within longitudinal graduation reports: a rate calculated for federal accountability purposes (without state exclusions) and a second rate calculated with statutory exclusions applied for state accountability. The reports also show the diploma program rate used for distinction designations in the state accountability system.

If you have questions about the lists of cohort students or the summary report for your district, please contact the Division of Research and Analysis at (512) 475-3523 or by email at research@tea.texas.gov.

If you have questions about how this data is used for state accountability, please contact the Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704 or by email at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Local Accountability Systems

For districts considering participation in LAS 2019–20, a calendar with important dates will be available by Friday, June 14.

Have a question or comment about the local accountability system? Drop us a line at LAS@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for updated assessment data to be included in the consolidated accountability file (CAF), all allowable changes, such as corrections to student ID information, score code changes, and requests for rescoring of essays, must be submitted to ETS Texas Assessment Support Center by June 24, 2019.

STAAR May 2019 Grades 5 and 8 Mathematics and Reading Retest Administration

Reports for the May 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading retest administration have been posted. STAAR Report Cards, campus rosters, summary reports, and data files can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Note: The STAAR Report Cards for the May 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading retest administration are available online only. No printed copies will be shipped. 

Note: The English Learner Performance Measure (EL PM) fields on the student level data files have been populated based on results from the preliminary spring 2019 TELPAS data. Updates made by districts during the TELPAS data correction window will be processed and any possible changes will be reflected in the next regular monthly update in July.

Raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

The proposed 2019 Accountability Manual introduced the new OnRamps indicator for College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR). Must a student accept the college credit hours earned and have them transcribed on their transcript in order to receive CCMR credit?

No. The OnRamps program provides the agency with OnRamps dual-enrollment course completion data that is used in accountability calculations. CCMR credit will be awarded for successful course completion and eligibility for college credit hours without regard to whether the student accepted the credit hours.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinars

Performance Reporting has received requests to provide training on the 2019 accountability rating system, and we’re happy to announce the creation of our summer learning webinar series. These presentations will provide an explanation of each domain within the accountability system and an understanding of how performance data is used to generate a rating for campuses and districts. These webinars are designed for audiences who are not familiar with the accountability rating system or need training on the most crucial components within the system.

All webinars are offered through Zoom, a free video conference service. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the summer. You can sign up using a Zoom, Google, or Facebook login. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for free.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinar Dates

Understanding the Student Achievement Domain—June 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the School Progress Domain—July 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the Closing the Gaps Domain—August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Performance Reporting Calendar

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on June 24, 2019

3.6.5/31/19 #

Good afternoon, Performance Reporting bulletin members.

Welcome to this week’s update. 

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What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Preview Listing 2

This week the agency released the second 2019 CCMR Preview Student Listing in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. The purpose of this preview listing is to provide districts early access to CCMR data that are provided to the agency by outside testing entities, such as the College Board. Districts should review the student listing and compare data with local records. If discrepancies are identified, districts may notify the Performance Reporting Division using the instructions sent in the notification to superintendents on May 31, 2019.

This second preview listing contains the remaining 2019 CCMR data for 2017–18 annual graduates and 2017–18 non-graduating 12th graders not previously released:

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • AP
  • IB
  • Level I and Level II Certificates
  • OnRamps Dual-Enrollment

A final 2019 CCMR Student Listing will be released in mid-June.

Amendment to the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

The English Language Proficiency (ELP) component of the Closing the Gaps domain compares a student’s current year composite rating to the prior year composite rating. For 2017 and prior, the composite ratings were calculated using, in part, the student’s TELPAS Listening and Speaking performance, as determined by a holistic rating system. In 2018 and 2019, the composite ratings instead used the student’s TELPAS Listening and Speaking performance, as determined by the new item-based standardized assessments. As there are two years (i.e., 2018 and 2019) of composite rating data calculated in the same way, the agency intends to submit an amendment to adjust the target for the ELP measure to better align with 2018 and 2019 TELPAS data.

Due to the need to receive final approval from the U.S. Department of Education prior to the release of ratings, all comments on this proposed amendment are due by Thursday, June 13, 2019, by electronic mail to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. Additional information can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Amendment_to_the_State_s_Every_Student_Succeeds_Act_(ESSA)_State_Plan/.

 

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Spring 2019 STAAR EOC Administrations

STAAR Report Cards, rosters, summary reports, and data files for the spring 2019 STAAR EOC administrations were posted to the Assessment Management System on May 29. The reports can be accessed through the Assessment Management System at https://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAAR/

Note: The English Learner Performance Measure (EL PM) fields on the student level data files have been populated based on results from the preliminary spring 2019 TELPAS data. Updates made by districts during the TELPAS data correction window will be processed and any possible changes will be reflected in the next regular monthly update in July.

English Learner Performance Measure

Technical documentation and FAQs related to the 2019 English learner (EL) performance measure are now available on the Scoring and Reporting website. Please note that EL performance measure results will be available in the consolidated accountability file (CAF) and August TEAL Accountability Student Listings.

Spring 2019 TELPAS

TELPAS Report Cards, rosters, summary reports, and data files for the 2019 Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) administration were posted to the TELPAS Assessment Management System on May 23. The reports can be accessed under Reports > Published Reports via the 2019 TELPAS administration. Printed copies of the standard reports for all students tested and any additional reports requested are being shipped to your district and are scheduled to arrive by May 31, 2019.

Raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQs

Does the ELP component of the Closing the Gaps domain employ a subset rule similar to accountability subset applied to STAAR components?

Yes. A subset rule will continue to be applied to the ELP component; if the student was enrolled in the same campus or district on the October 2018 TSDS PEIMS snapshot as the campus or district that they were administered the TELPAS in spring 2019, the result will be included in the district’s or campus’s 2019 ELP calculations.

 How are results included in accountability calculations for those students who move between the April English I/English II EOC and May EOC administrations? 

English I and English II EOC assessment results from the April administration are assigned to the same campus or district as a May EOC assessment result. To meet the accountability subset, the student must have been administered the May assessment at the same campus or district that they were enrolled on fall snapshot.

 If the student took an English I or English II EOC in April but did not take an EOC in May, the April result is reported to the campus at which the April assessment was administered, even if the student moved between April and May.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinars

Performance Reporting has received requests to provide training on the 2019 accountability rating system, and we’re happy to announce the creation of our summer learning webinar series. These presentations will provide an explanation of each domain within the accountability system and an understanding of how performance data is used to generate a rating for campuses and districts. These webinars are designed for audiences who are not familiar with the accountability rating system or need training on the most crucial components within the system.

All webinars are offered through Zoom, a free video conference service. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the summer. You can sign up using a Zoom, Google, or Facebook login. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for free.

Accountability Summer Learning Webinar Dates

Understanding the Student Achievement Domain—June 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the School Progress Domain—July 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Understanding the Closing the Gaps Domain—August 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm 

Performance Reporting Calendar

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on June 1, 2019

3.7.5/17/2019 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Academic Accountability

For 2019, single-campus districts or charter schools will receive an A–F rating. A school district or charter school comprised of only one campus that shares the same 2019 performance data with its only campus must meet the performance targets for the campus to demonstrate acceptable performance. For these single-campus school districts and charter schools, the 2019 performance targets applied to the campus are applied to the district, ensuring that both the district and campus receive identical ratings.

For questions about the 2019 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

The 2019 Local Accountability System Manual is available for public comment. The public comment period closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to LAS@tea.texas.gov.

Upcoming presentations on the local accountability system will be held in San Antonio (5/21), Huntsville (5/22) and Corpus Christi (5/29). Please contact the host education service center for more information.

Have a question or comment about the local accountability system? Email LAS@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Spring 2019 STAAR Alternate 2

STAAR Alternate 2 Report Cards, rosters, summary reports, and data files for the 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 administration have been posted to the STAAR Alternate 2 Assessment Management System. The files can be accessed under Reports > Published Reports via the 2019 STAAR Alternate 2 administration. Printed copies of the standard reports for all students tested and any additional reports requested are being shipped to districts and are scheduled to arrive by May 24, 2019.

Spring 2019 TELPAS Alternate

Student data files and confidential campus rosters for initial reporting for the 2019 Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) Alternate administration were posted to the TELPAS Alternate Assessment Management System on May 10. The reports can be accessed under Reports > Published Reports via the 2019 TELPAS Alternate administration.

English Learner Performance Measure

Technical documentation and FAQs related to the 2019 English learner (EL) performance measure are now available on the Scoring and Reporting website.

April 2019 STAAR Grades 5 and 8 Administrations

All student test warnings resolved by May 10 will be processed, and updated STAAR Report Cards and data files will be posted on May 17. The final region reports will also be posted on this date. The reports can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Spring 2019 STAAR End-Of-Course (EOC) Administrations

Preliminary rosters and data files for the spring 2019 STAAR EOC administrations will be posted to the Assessment Management System on May 22. The preliminary rosters and data files will include results for all students who took:

  • English I or English II test (paper or online)
  • Algebra I, Biology, or U.S. History online
  • Algebra I, Biology, or U.S. History on paper and the answer documents were returned, scanned, and scored by May 18

The preliminary rosters and data files can be accessed through the Assessment Management System at https://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAAR/

The April 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQs

In 2018, a district could not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district included any campus with an overall or corresponding domain rating of Improvement Required. With the implementation of letter grade ratings for campuses, this step will be updated for 2019 to align with statute. Statute specifies a district may not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district includes any campus with a corresponding overall or domain rating of D or F. Does this provision also apply to each of the School Progress domain parts?

No. This provision will only consider the resolved School Progress domain rating. In other words, if the better of School Progress, Part A or Part B is a D or F for a campus, the district School Progress domain scaled score is limited to an 89.

Keep in mind that this provision applies from domain to domain rating and overall to overall rating. For example, if a campus earns a D in Student Achievement, the district’s Student Achievement scaled score is limited to an 89. In turn, that 89 will be used to calculate the district’s overall rating. If a campus earns a D overall, the district’s overall scaled score is limited to an 89.

Performance Reporting Calendar

Late-May—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #2 released (TEAL)

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on May 17, 2019

3.8.5/10/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Academic Accountability

Two new sections are available on the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) System website under the Performance tab. The first, STAAR Performance–Additional Student Groups displays STAAR results by student groups that were not previously reported for performance, such as at-risk, migrant and male and female. The second, STAAR Performance–All Students–Additional Student Groups displays STAAR results for all tested students, regardless of whether they were in the accountability subset, and disaggregates results by student groups that were not previously reported for performance.

As mentioned in previous weekly bulletins, the Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) will no longer be updated as the comprehensive online TAPR System has fully replicated its reporting categories and datasets. TPRS archives will remain available for 2012–13 through 2016–17.

For questions about TAPR or TPRS, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

The Local Accountability System webpage has been updated to include additional materials and information. Local accountability system plans from twelve pilot districts along with campus “what-if” scores based on the local plans and data from the 2017–18 school year are available at https://tea.texas.gov/LAS_Pilot_District_Outcomes.aspx

The 2019 Local Accountability System Manual is available for public comment. The public comment period closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to LAS@tea.texas.gov.

For questions about the 2019 Local Accountability System, please contact the local accountability system team at LAS@tea.texas.gov  or (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Spring 2019 TELPAS Alternate

Student data files and confidential campus rosters for initial reporting for the 2019 Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) Alternate administration are scheduled to be posted to the TELPAS Alternate Assessment Management System on May 10. The reports can be accessed under Reports > Published Reports via the 2019 TELPAS Alternate administration.

English Learner Performance Measure

Technical documentation and FAQs related to the 2019 English learner (EL) performance measure are now available on the Scoring and Reporting website.

April 2019 STAAR Grades 5 and 8 Administrations

Districts have until Friday, May 10 to resolve student test warnings. All changes made by this date will be processed, and updated STAAR Report Cards and data files will be posted on May 17. The final region reports will also be posted on this date. The reports can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Spring 2019 STAAR End-Of-Course (EOC) Administrations

Preliminary rosters and data files for the spring 2019 STAAR EOC administrations will be posted to the Assessment Management System on May 22. The preliminary rosters and data files will include results for all students who took:

  • English I or English II test (paper or online)
  • Algebra I, Biology, or U.S. History online
  • Algebra I, Biology, or U.S. History on paper and the answer documents were returned, scanned, and scored by May 18

The preliminary rosters and data files can be accessed through the Assessment Management System at https://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAAR/

The April 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQs

The CCMR Preview Student Listing released on April 25th did not include results for graduates who met the criterion score on the SAT or ACT. Will that data be provided to districts?

The April 25th CCMR Preview Student Listing provided districts early access to nine CCMR indicators. Results for the remaining CCMR indicators are currently being processed and will be released for preview in late May. The second preview will include the following data:

  • AP/IB
  • OnRamps
  • Level I and Level II Certificates
  • SAT and ACT Results

A final 2019 CCMR Student Listing will be released in mid-June through the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application.

Employment Opportunities in Performance Reporting

The Performance Reporting Division is looking for people to join our team. Interested and qualified candidates can apply for the following position:

Research Specialist V

The person chosen to fill this position will serve as a Research Specialist V in the Division of Performance Reporting. This position conducts research for the accountability rating appeals and documents their findings. The position also conducts data analysis, data queries, and generates data and reports. This position is also responsible for web postings and ensuring website accessibility compliance. This role is critical to the implementation of a transparent, fair, and rigorous state academic accountability system and a comprehensive academic performance reporting system to ensure continuous improvement in the academic achievement of all Texas public school students.

Performance Reporting Calendar

Late-May—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #2 released (TEAL)

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on May 17, 2019

3.9.5/3/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual are now available. Because of the required administrative rulemaking process, these chapters are not yet final. The public comment period on the proposed rules (including the manual) opens today and closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Chapters Currently Available for Public Comment

“Chapter 1—Overview of 2019 Accountability” briefly describes the 2019 accountability system.

“Chapter 2—Student Achievement Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Student Achievement domain.

“Chapter 3—School Progress Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the School Progress domain.

“Chapter 4—Closing the Gaps Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Closing the Gaps domain.

“Chapter 5—Calculating 2019 Ratings” describes the methodology used to assign accountability ratings.

“Chapter 6—Distinction Designations” describes the methodology used to award distinction designations.

“Chapter 7—Other Accountability System Processes” describes the campus pairing process and alternative education accountability provisions.

“Chapter 8—Appealing the Ratings” describes the process for appealing ratings.

“Chapter 9—Responsibilities and Consequences” describes the responsibilities of TEA, the responsibilities of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, and the consequences to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools related to accountability and interventions.

“Chapter 10—Identification of Schools for Improvement” describes the methodology to identify comprehensive, targeted, and additional targeted support and improvement schools.

“Chapter 11—Local Accountability Systems” briefly describes the 2019 local accountability system.

For questions about the 2019 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

The 2019 Local Accountability System Manual is also now available for public comment. The public comment period closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to LAS@tea.texas.gov.

For questions about the 2019 Local Accountability System, please contact the local accountability system team at LAS@tea.texas.gov  or (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

Technical documentation and FAQs related to the 2019 English learner (EL) performance measure are now available on the Scoring and Reporting website.

STAAR Report Cards, rosters, summary reports, and data files can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Reminder: The STAAR Report Cards for the April 2019 grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading administration are available online only. No printed copies will be sent.

Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code, which can be found at the bottom of their child’s STAAR Report Card. Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Beginning in spring 2019, STAAR Assessment Management System users with a Teacher role and an associated TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID in the Assessment Management System will now have access to teacher rosters containing results for specific students who were linked to their teacher’s TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID during the registration window.

The April 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here.

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQs

Are individualized education program (IEP) continuers included in 2019 College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) calculations?

The CCMR denominator in the Student Achievement domain only consists of 2018 annual graduates while the denominator in the Closing the Gaps domain consists of 2018 annual graduates plus students in grade 12 who did not graduate. These grade 12 students are those who were in attendance during the last six weeks of school year 2017–18 as reported in TSDS PEIMS attendance records.

Grade 12 students reported in the TSDS PEIMS 2017–18 fall collection as individualized education program (IEP) continuers are excluded from the Closing the Gaps CCMR denominator for 2019. IEP continuers are students who are at least 18 years of age by September 1, have satisfied credit requirements for high school graduation, have not completed their IEP, and are enrolled and receiving IEP services.

Grade 12 students reported in TSDS PEIMS as IEP Continuers on the 2017–18 October snapshot will be excluded from the Closing the Gaps CCMR denominator for 2019 accountability.

STAAR data files show values of 0, 1, or 2 for progress. Are these point values used to calculate School Progress, Part A: Academic Growth? Where can I find my 0.5 point awarded for students who maintained performance?

No. In the STAAR data files, a 0 indicates Limited progress, a 1 indicates Expected progress, and a 2 indicates Accelerated progress. For Academic Growth, one point is awarded for Expected or Accelerated progress. For additional information, including when 0.5 point is awarded, see the matrices in Chapter 3 of the 2019 Accountability Manual.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Late-May—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #2 released (TEAL)

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

 

Last updated on May 9, 2019

3.10.5/1/19 - Local Acct Manual #

Chapters 1–3 of the 2019 Local Accountability Manual are now available. Because of the required administrative rulemaking process, these chapters are not yet final. The public comment period on the proposed rules (including the manual) opens Friday, May 3, 2019, and closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to las@tea.texas.gov.

Chapters Currently Available for Public Comment

“Chapter 1—Local Accountability System Overview” briefly describes the 2019 local accountability system (LAS).

“Chapter 2—LAS Plan Design, Submission, and Approval” describes the local accountability system plan development process, timeline for plan and data submission, domains and components, component weighting and rigor, component samples, and required district postings.

“Chapter 3—LAS Ratings, Audits, and Appeals” describes the ratings submission and review process, ratings appeal process, and timeline for appeals.

Last updated on May 9, 2019

3.11.5/1/19 - Acct Manual Online #

Chapters 1–11 of the 2019 Accountability Manual are now available. Because of the required administrative rulemaking process, these chapters are not yet final. The public comment period on the proposed rules (including the manual) opens on Friday, May 3, 2019, and closes on Monday, June 3, 2019. Public comments may be made through the TEA website or to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Chapters Currently Available for Public Comment

“Chapter 1—Overview of 2019 Accountability” briefly describes the 2019 accountability system.

“Chapter 2—Student Achievement Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Student Achievement domain.

“Chapter 3—School Progress Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the School Progress domain.

“Chapter 4—Closing the Gaps Domain” provides the methodology used to calculate the Closing the Gaps domain.

“Chapter 5—Calculating 2019 Ratings” describes the methodology used to assign accountability ratings.

“Chapter 6—Distinction Designations” describes the methodology used to award distinction designations.

“Chapter 7—Other Accountability System Processes” describes the campus pairing process and alternative education accountability provisions.

“Chapter 8—Appealing the Ratings” describes the process for appealing ratings.

“Chapter 9—Responsibilities and Consequences” describes the responsibilities of TEA, the responsibilities of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, and the consequences to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools related to accountability and interventions.

“Chapter 10—Identification of Schools for Improvement” provides information on the federally required identification of schools for improvement.

“Chapter 11—Local Accountability Systems” describes the Local Accountability Systems.

The remaining chapters and appendices will be posted throughout the summer. Additional information about the 2019 accountability system is available on the 2019 Accountability webpage.

Thank you.

Last updated on May 9, 2019

3.12.4/26/19 #

Good afternoon, Performance Reporting bulletin members.

Welcome to this week’s update.

Have a coworker who needs to sign up? Bulletin subscriptions can be managed on TEA’s website at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTEA/subscriber/new.

Have feedback about the weekly bulletin? We’d love to hear from you! Feedback helps us continuously improve our newsletter and keep it relevant.

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Preview Listing

This week the agency announced the 2019 CCMR Preview Student Listing in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. The purpose of this preview listing is to provide districts early access to CCMR data that is provided to the agency by outside testing entities, such as the College Board. Districts should review the student listing and compare TSIA data with local records. If discrepancies are identified, districts may notify the Performance Reporting Division using the instructions sent in the notification to superintendents on April 25, 2019.

This preview listing contains 2019 CCMR data for 2017–18 annual graduates and 2017–18 non-graduating 12th graders that have been processed by Performance Reporting. The data for the remaining CCMR indicators are currently being processed and will be released for preview in late May. A final 2019 CCMR Student Listing will be released in mid-June.

Please note that all students who meet the requirements for the CTE coursework aligned with industry-based certifications are indicated in this listing, regardless of whether they meet the criteria for other indicators. On the final listing, which is scheduled for release in mid-June, students who meet the criteria for at least one other CCMR indicator will be removed from this column. Only those students who do not meet any other CCMR indicator will receive the 0.5 point credit.

Alternative Education Accountability (AEA)

The 2019 Final AEA Campus List and the 2019 Final AEA Charter School List are now available on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/2019accountability.aspx. These lists include the alternative education campuses and charter schools that were on the 2019 Pre-Registered AEC List and those that registered and met the criteria to be evaluated by alternative education accountability (AEA) provisions in 2019.

Please note that the performance results of students in a residential facility are excluded from state accountability ratings only if appropriate TSDS PEIMS student attribution codes are submitted.

Local Accountability Systems

The 2019 Local Accountability System Manual is expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

For questions about the 2019 Local Accountability System, please contact the local accountability system team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Information sessions will be shared via this listserv as they are scheduled.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

STAAR April 2019

Reports for the April 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading administration will be posted on Monday, April 29. STAAR Report Cards, rosters, summary reports, and data files can be accessed through the STAAR Assessment Management System.

Reminder: The STAAR Report Cards for the April 2019 grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading administration are available online only. No printed copies will be sent.

The Student Portal will be updated by Tuesday, April 30. Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code, which can be found at the bottom of their child’s STAAR Report Card. Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

The Teacher Portal will also be updated on Tuesday, April 30. Beginning in spring 2019, STAAR Assessment Management System users with a Teacher role and an associated TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID in the Assessment Management System will now have access to teacher rosters containing results for specific students who were linked to their teacher’s TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID during the registration window.

The April 2019 STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading raw score to scale score conversion tables will be posted here.

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

What are Level I and Level II certificates, and how are they used in CCMR?

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Level I and Level II certificates are awarded by an institution of higher education (IHE) certifying the satisfactory completion of a higher education program. Upon completion, a certificate is valid without further action on the individual’s part. They are usually awarded in workforce education areas by public and private two-year institutions. Level I certificates are awarded for completing a program consisting of at least 15 and no more than 42 semester credit hours. Level II certificates are awarded for completing a program of at least 30 but not more than 51 semester credit hours.

Certificates are different from certifications, which are not administered by an institution of higher education; instead, certifications are administered by a certification body, usually an organization such as a trade association or industry-approved testing entity. Certifications are often time-limited credentials, where individuals need to meet ongoing requirements to maintain the currency of the certification.

Credit will be awarded in CCMR for graduates (and non-graduating 12th graders in Closing the Gaps) who have earned Level I or Level II certificates. The THECB will provide TEA Level I and Level II certificate completion data.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Early May—Proposed 2019 Accountability Manual posted (public site)

Mid-May—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #2 released (TEAL)

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.13.4/19/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

Last week the agency announced the release of the A–F Estimator which is available in TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability. The A–F Estimator provides school districts and open-enrollment charter schools with a way to calculate and estimate their 2019 performance in each domain and overall. The tool prepopulates domain and component values with 2018 results. District and charter school users can enter 2019 component values to estimate the corresponding 2019 domain and overall results. The accuracy and validity of the estimation is based solely on the data inputted by the district or charter school.

Domain and overall rating estimations in the tool are based on 2018 accountability system methodology and are intended as a planning resource for districts and charter schools. The A–F Estimator will be updated to reflect 2019 methodology in late June.

Given feedback from the Texas Association of School Administrators Cabinet, TEA plans to release the A­–F Estimator for public use on the TEA website after receiving feedback from district and charter school users.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

April 23—ESC 7

April 24—ESC 13

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 3—ESC 5

May 8—ESC 15

May 16—ESC 1

May 21—ESC 20

May 22—ESC 6

May 30—ESC 2

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available. Please update your bookmarks as all future data file format documents for Texas assessment programs will be posted here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Substitute Assessment Report

A Substitute Assessment Report is now available in the STAAR Assessment Management System. This report will provide districts with a way to identify students that are not required to take the test for a particular course due to applying a substitute assessment to a STAAR assessment in a prior administration. The data contained in the report does not include substitute assessments submitted in June 2018 and December 2018. The report is available in the Reports > Results tab. In the Report field, select “Substitute Assessment Report”. For instructions on downloading reports, refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide.

This Week’s FAQ

TEA recently published the 2019 CTE Courses Aligned with Industry-Based Certifications (IBC) for 2019 accountability and the 2019–20 Approved Industry-Based Certifications lists. Why aren’t the aligned courses for all the updated IBCs listed on the 2019–20 IBC list? For example, Floral Design is listed on the 2019–20 IBC list but it doesn’t have a corresponding course on the 2019 list of CTE aligned courses.

The courses on the 2019 accountability CTE list are aligned with the previous 73 IBCs, which are applicable to 2018 graduates. The newly published list of 244 IBCs becomes effective during the 2019–20 school year and will be used for 2021 accountability.

Floral Design will not be used until August 2021 accountability ratings, which will evaluate 2020 graduates. Additionally, the CTE Coherent Sequence Coursework Aligned with Industry-Based Certifications indicator will be transitioned out in August 2020. 2020 graduates must earn an approved IBC (or meet the criteria in another indicator) in order to earn credit for College, Career, and Military Readiness.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

Late April—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #1 released (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Early May—Proposed 2019 Accountability Manual posted (public site)

Mid-May—2019 Preview CCMR Student Listing #2 released (TEAL)

Mid-June—Final 2019 CCMR Student Listing released (TEAL)

Mid-June—2019 Campus Comparison Groups released (TEAL)

August 7—2019 preliminary performance domain tables without rating labels released (TEAL)

August 14—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (TEAL)

August 15—2019 preliminary accountability tables with rating labels and distinction designations released (public site)

August 15—Campuses identified under PEG criteria for 2020–21 school year released (public web)

August 14–September 13—2019 appeals application available to districts (TEAL)

September 13—2019 accountability appeals window closes

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.14.4/12/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

Last week the 2019 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework was posted online at http://tea.texas.gov/2019AccountabilityDevelopment/. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2019 accountability system, which were informed by statute, feedback from the public, and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

Key chapters of the 2019 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

 

For questions about the 2019 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 3—ESC 5

May 21—ESC 20

May 22—ESC 6

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available. Please update your bookmarks as all future data file format documents for Texas assessment programs will be posted here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

 

Substitute Assessment Report

A Substitute Assessment Report is now available in the STAAR Assessment Management System. This report will provide districts with a way to identify students that are not required to take the test for a particular course due to applying a substitute assessment to a STAAR assessment in a prior administration. The report is available in the Reports > Results tab. In the Report field, select “Substitute Assessment Report”. For instructions on downloading reports, refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide.

This Week’s FAQ

In 2018, a district could not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district included any campus with an overall or corresponding domain rating of Improvement Required. With the implementation of letter grade ratings for campuses, this step will be updated for 2019 to align with statute. Statute specifies a district may not receive an overall or domain rating of A if the district includes any campus with a corresponding overall or domain rating of D or F. Does this provision also apply to each of the School Progress domain parts?

No. This provision will only consider the resolved School Progress domain rating. In other words, if the better of School Progress, Part A or Part B is a D or F for a campus, the district School Progress domain scaled score is limited to an 89.

Keep in mind that this provision applies from domain to domain rating and overall to overall rating. For example, if a campus earns a D in Student Achievement, the district’s Student Achievement scaled score is limited to an 89. If a campus earns a D overall, the district’s overall scaled score is limited to an 89.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Early May—Proposed 2019 Accountability Manual posted (public site)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.15.4/11/19 - A-F Estimator #

The following new Texas Education Agency Correspondence has been posted at the TEA website:

A–F Estimator Tool Available

04/11/2019 02:23 PM CDT

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.16.4/5/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

This week the 2019 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework was posted online at http://tea.texas.gov/2019AccountabilityDevelopment/. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2019 accountability system, which were informed by statute, feedback from the public, and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

Key chapters of the 2019 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

 

For questions about the 2019 accountability system, please contact Performance Reporting at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Accountability TEASE to TEAL Migration

As of March 21, 2019, the TEA Secure Environment (TEASE) is no longer available. Users are required to log in through to a new secure environment, TEAL, which replaces our previous system. All TEA applications, including the accountability application, have been migrated to TEAL and in order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available. Please update your bookmarks as all future data file format documents for Texas assessment programs will be posted here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here


Substitute Assessment Report

A Substitute Assessment Report is now available in the STAAR Assessment Management System. This report will provide districts with a way to identify students that are not required to take the test for a particular course due to applying a substitute assessment to a STAAR assessment in a prior administration. The report is available in the Reports > Results tab. In the Report field, select “Substitute Assessment Report”. For instructions on downloading reports, refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24—ESC 13

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 21—ESC 20

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

If a student receives an industry-based certification at our school in the fall, but withdraws in the spring and graduates from another high school, which school gets “credit” for the certification?

Industry-based certifications are linked to students. The campus from which the student was reported as a graduate in TSDS PEIMS will receive CCMR credit for this graduate. The accountability subset rule does not apply when evaluating CCMR; it is only applicable when calculating assessment outcomes.

Performance Reporting Calendar

April 5—AEA registration window closes at 5:00 P.M. (TEAL)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Early May—Proposed 2019 Accountability Manual posted (public site)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.17.4/3/19 -- Framework Release #

April 3, 2019

The 2019 Texas Education Agency Academic Accountability System Framework is now available online at http://tea.texas.gov/2019AccountabilityDevelopment/. This document outlines substantive changes to the 2019 accountability system, which were informed by statute, feedback from the public, and recommendations from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC).

Key chapters of the 2019 Accountability Manual are expected to be published in the Texas Register for public comment in early May. The entire manual will be available online in late summer.

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.18.3/29/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Academic Accountability

Beginning early next week, districts can download modeled 2017 Closing the Gaps domain status and data tables for their campuses in Excel, comma-delimited, or tab-delimited formats from the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. These tables will be a new report option located within the 2018 Accountability Data Download page.

The data shown in these tables are modeled 2017 Closing the Gaps domain data and are for district and campus use only; they will not be released publicly. Using the modeled 2017 Closing the Gaps domain data, in conjunction with the 2018 Closing the Gaps domain data released in August 2018, districts can identify campuses that have the potential for being identified for Targeted Support and Improvement in August. Please note that the modeled 2017 Closing the Gaps domain status and data tables do not include data for the English Language Proficiency (ELP) component. As such, the first year that a campus may be identified for Targeted Support and Improvement due to this indicator is 2020.

If you have questions about interventions associated with Targeted Support and Improvement campuses, please contact the School Improvement Division at (512) 463-5226 or SIDivision@tea.texas.gov

Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) System Updates

Two new sections are scheduled to be published on the TAPR System website next week. The first, STAAR Performance—All Students is available under the Performance tab and displays STAAR results for all tested students, regardless of whether they were in the accountability subset. The second, STAAR Participation—Additional Student Groups is available under the Participation tab and includes student group results that were not previously reported, such as at-risk, migrant and male and female.

Please see the 2017–18 Performance glossary or the Participation glossary for definitions and methodologies.

Accountability TEASE to TEAL Migration

As of March 21, 2019, the TEA Secure Environment (TEASE) is no longer available. Users are required to log in through to a new secure environment, TEAL, which replaces our previous system. All TEA applications, including the accountability application, have been migrated to TEAL and in order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available here.


Substitute Assessment Report

A Substitute Assessment Report is now available in the STAAR Assessment Management System. This report will provide districts with a way to identify students that are not required to take the test for a particular course due to applying a substitute assessment to a STAAR assessment in a prior administration. The report is available in the Reports > Results tab. In the Report field, select “Substitute Assessment Report”. For instructions on downloading reports, refer to the STAAR Assessment Management System User’s Guide.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

April 3—ESC 3 & ESC 14

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 21—ESC 20

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations, and updates will be posted on the LAS website as dates are confirmed. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

In response to the March 21, 2019, To The Administrator Addressed letter, will TEA continue to include substitute assessments in accountability calculations for 2019?

Currently there is no change to the 2018–19 school year in relation to the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) action item regarding substitute assessments. Substitute assessments submitted in summer 2018, December 2018, and spring 2019 will be included at the Meets Grade Level standard.

TEA is requesting that the USDE’s Office of State Support (OSS) grant TEA additional time to generate an action plan to research the feasibility of the continued use of substitute assessments in accountability as allowable locally-selected assessments under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by ESSA.

The 2019 Accountability Manual—expected to be published in the Texas Register for a 30-day public comment period in May and effective early August—will provide additional details about the use of substitute assessments in the 2019 accountability system.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

April 5—AEA registration window closes (TEAL)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Early May—Proposed 2019 Accountability Manual posted (public site)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.19.3/3/19 - 2019-20 IBC #

The following new Texas Education Agency Correspondence has been posted at the TEA website:

2019-2020 Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability

Last updated on May 9, 2019

3.20.3/22/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

A–F Development

Proposed Testing Requirements for Accelerated Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all students be tested in mathematics and language arts annually at grades 3–8 and at least once while in high school. ESSA allows an exception to this requirement for accelerated students who take end-of-course assessments. However, these students must take a state-administered end-of-course (EOC) assessment or nationally recognized high school academic assessment that is more advanced than Algebra I. Texas is requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on its ESSA State Plan while it works to ensure that accelerated students take a higher-level assessment while in high school. TEA is accepting comments regarding this waiver request via email at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

The public comment period began February 22, 2019, and ends on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM (CT). Note that TEA will not respond to individual comments but will incorporate the comments in finalizing the waiver request before submission to the USDE. Additional information and a draft plan for accelerated students can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Proposed_Testing_Requirements_for_Accelerated_Students/.

2019–20 Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability

An updated list of industry-based certifications scheduled to go into effect for the 2019–20 school year have been released. The new list expands the current 73 state-approved industry-based certifications. In August 2021 Performance Reporting will use the updated list to evaluate 2020 graduates for college, career, and military readiness.   

The updated list and supporting documentation can be found at the following website: https://tea.texas.gov/cte/.

Accountability TEASE to TEAL Migration

The agency has completed the migration of web applications to a new secure environment, TEA Login (TEAL), which replaces our previous system, TEA Secure Environment (TEASE). Beginning today, all TEA applications, including the accountability application, have been be migrated to TEAL, and logging in through TEASE is no longer available.  

Accountability application users have received instructions via email regarding this migration process, and in order to access the Accountability application, all users must create a TEAL account. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) System Updates

Teacher Salary, a new section under the Profile tab, has been published on the TAPR System website. This section includes a graphical distribution and count of teacher salaries in the district alongside statewide salaries.  Please see the 2017–18 Profile glossary for definitions and methodologies.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

March 28—ESC 11

April 3—ESC 3 & ESC 14

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 21—ESC 20

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations, and updates will be posted on the LAS website as dates are confirmed. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

Did You Know?

The Analytic Portal of the Texas Assessment Management System allows all users to view summary results of STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS and TAKS results across all Texas K–12 public and charter schools. Users can view data at the state, region, district and campus level for the subject and test administration requested.

Once selected, users can view assessment results by performance level, reporting category, student group, number tested and average scale score, which can be exported into PDF reports or downloaded into CSV data files. For additional support, please see the Texas Analytic Portal Help Guide.

Performance Reporting Calendar

March 25—Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window opens (TEAL)

April 5—AEA registration window closes (TEAL)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.21.3/21/19 - USDE Review #

The following new Texas Education Agency Correspondence has been posted at the TEA website:

U.S. Department of Education’s Performance Review Report

 

DATE:

March 21, 2019

SUBJECT:

U.S. Department of Education’s Performance Review Report

CATEGORY:

Notice

NEXT STEPS:

Share with Appropriate Staff

The purpose of this communication is to provide information about the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) response to its performance review of Texas and the impact on academic accountability.

History 
From August 7–10, 2018, a team from the USDE’s Office of State Support (OSS) Management and Support Unit reviewed the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA’s) administration of fiscal requirements and certain program requirements of OSS programs—Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; and School Improvement Grants. The OSS report included three required action items that impact academic accountability.  

Action Items that Impact Academic Accountability

  1. TEA must provide evidence that students who are identified as asylees, unschooled refugees, or students with interrupted formal education are included in assessment and accountability systems consistent with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

In order to align with federal requirements for inclusion, assessment results of students identified as asylees, unschooled refugees, and/or students with interrupted formal education will be excluded from accountability their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools. Assessment results for these students will be included in accountability beginning with their second year of enrollment in U.S. schools. As the summer 2018 and December 2018 testing administrations have already occurred, TEA has requested to delay the implementation of this requirement until accountability is determined for 2020.

  1. TEA must cease the policy of permitting substitute assessments in accountability calculations. All students must take the reading/language arts, mathematics, and science assessments required under ESEA. Exceptions are limited to alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities and 8th grade students taking the Algebra I end-of-course assessment in place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 8 mathematics.

Substitute assessments may continue to be used to meet individual student graduation requirements. TEA is requesting that OSS grant TEA additional time to implement this requirement, in order for TEA to generate an action plan to research the feasibility of the continued use of substitute assessments in accountability as allowable locally-selected assessments under ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 
§1111(b)(2)(H). TEA must have each substitute assessment peer reviewed to demonstrate the alignment between the assessments and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Alignment must also be demonstrated for three performance levels which equate to STAAR outcomes at the Masters Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, and Approaches Grade Level standards.

  1. TEA must provide evidence that it administers the same, grade-level assessments to all public- school students, including those students enrolled in advanced mathematics, reading/language arts, and, if applicable, science courses.

Under this requirement, students in grades 3­–8 taking advanced courses must take the applicable grade level STAAR assessment in addition to the advanced assessment aligned with the course. Only the grade level STAAR assessment results will be used in accountability calculations. The only permitted exception is for 8th grade students taking the Algebra I end-of-course assessment. A February 21, 2019, To the Administrator Addressed letter detailed TEA’s proposed USDE waiver request to meet this requirement beginning with the 2019–2020 school year. The proposal is open for public comment until March 25, 2019. A copy of the letter and proposal are available on TEA’s website at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Proposed_Testing_Requirements_for_Accelerated_Students/

Contact Information 
If you have questions about academic accountability, please contact the Performance Reporting Division at (512) 463-9704 or performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Mike Morath
Commissioner of Education

Cc: District and ESC Testing Coordinators

Last updated on May 7, 2019

3.22.3/8/19 #

What’s New in Performance Reporting

Accountability TEASE to TEAL Migration

The agency is in the process of migrating web applications to a new secure environment, TEA Login (TEAL), which replaces our older system, TEA Secure Environment (TEASE). TEAL provides greater, more flexible, secure access to TEA applications. On Thursday, March 21, 2019, all TEA applications, including the accountability application, will be migrated to TEAL, and TEASE will no longer be available.  

Accountability application users have received instructions via email regarding this migration process, and in order to access the Accountability application after March 21, all users must have created a TEAL account. If you have any issues creating a TEAL account, please submit a request for assistance at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.

For an overview of TEAL, please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/webappaccess/overview.htm.

Proposed Testing Requirements for Accelerated Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all students be tested in mathematics and language arts annually at grades 3–8 and at least once while in high school. ESSA allows an exception to this requirement for accelerated students who take end-of-course assessments. However, these students must take a state-administered end-of-course (EOC) assessment or nationally recognized high school academic assessment that is more advanced than Algebra I. Texas is requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on its ESSA State Plan while it works to ensure that accelerated students take a higher-level assessment while in high school. TEA is accepting comments regarding this waiver request via email at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

The public comment period began February 22, 2019, and ends on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 5:00 PM (CT). Note that TEA will not respond to individual comments but will incorporate the comments in finalizing the waiver request before submission to the USDE. Additional information and a draft plan for accelerated students can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Proposed_Testing_Requirements_for_Accelerated_Students/.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

All 2019 STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Student Data File Formats are now available here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

March 28—ESC 11

April 3—ESC 3 & ESC 14

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 21—ESC 20

LAS staff is working with ESCs to schedule the remaining presentations, and updates will be posted on the LAS website as dates are confirmed. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

How are student attendance rates used in determining our accountability rating?

Attendance rates are not used as an indicator to generate accountability ratings. However, the attendance rate is an indicator evaluated when determining distinction designations for academic achievement in ELA/reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. The attendance rate is based on student attendance for the entire school year for students in grades 1–12.

Performance Reporting Calendar

March 25—Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window opens (TEAL)

April 5—AEA registration window closes (TEAL)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29—Campus pairing registration window opens (TEAL)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEAL)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

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What’s New in Performance Reporting

2019 Accountability Development

Each year, TEA convenes two advisory groups to develop key provisions of the state academic accountability system and provide recommendations to the commissioner of education. The Accountability Technical Advisory Committee and Accountability Policy Advisory Committee have concluded their meetings for 2019 accountability development. A summary of their recommendations for updates to the 2019 accountability system is available here.

The commissioner is considering all recommendations, and updates to the accountability system for 2019 will be announced later this spring. You can follow the development of the 2019 accountability system on our website at https://tea.texas.gov/2019AccountabilityDevelopment/.

Proposed Testing Requirements for Accelerated Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all students be tested in mathematics and language arts annually at grades 3–8 and at least once while in high school. ESSA allows an exception to this requirement for accelerated students who take end-of-course assessments. However, these students must take a state-administered end-of-course (EOC) assessment or nationally recognized high school academic assessment that is more advanced than Algebra I. Texas is requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on its ESSA State Plan while it works to ensure that accelerated students take a higher-level assessment while in high school.

Additional information and a draft plan for accelerated students can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/interiorpage_wide.aspx?id=51539628381

Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) Updates

A new section under the Performance tab, Bilingual Education/ESL, has been published on the TAPR System website. This section includes performance for indicators disaggregated by bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) instructional models. These programs enable English learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English through the development of literacy and academic skills in both their primary language and English.

Please see the 2017–18 Performance glossary for definitions and methodologies. For definitions of the BE/ESL instructional programs, see the Texas Education Data Standards, available at http://www.texasstudentdatasystem.org/TSDS/TEDS/TEDS_Latest_Release/.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

The 2019 STAAR Grades 3–8 Reporting Student Data File Format and 2019 STAAR End-of-Course Reporting Student Data File Format have been posted here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

Local Accountability Systems

In preparation for statewide Local Accountability Systems (LAS) implementation, the TEA LAS team has scheduled the following presentations to provide training and updates regarding the LAS process.

March 28—ESC 11

April 3—ESC 3

April 16—ESC 4

April 23—ESC 7

April 24–25—ESC 10

April 30—ESC 8

May 21—ESC 20

Additional presentations are being scheduled and will be posted on the LAS website as dates are confirmed. Districts may also contact their ESC directly for scheduling information for their region.

Questions about local accountability systems can be directed to the LAS team at LAS@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9704.

This Week’s FAQ

Is a district’s financial accountability rating a factor in the A–F ratings system?

The A–F rating system for academic accountability and the state’s school financial accountability rating system (School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas [FIRST]) are separate systems, but the results of both are posted on TXschools.gov. Whereas the A–F rating system holds districts and campuses accountable for the academic performance of students, FIRST ensures that Texas school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are accountable for the quality of their fiscal management practices. FIRST also encourages schools to better manage their financial resources in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. For more information on FIRST ratings, please visit TEA’s Division of Financial Compliance website.

Performance Reporting Calendar

March 25–Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window opens (TEASE)

April 5—Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window closes (TEASE)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29–Campus pairing registration window opens (TEASE)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEASE)

Last updated on May 7, 2019

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What’s New in Performance Reporting

A-F Development

Performance Reporting provides updates about 2019 accountability rating system development through presentations at various conferences and during Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN) sessions with the regional educational service centers (ESCs). Copies of these presentations, along with additional explanatory materials and a listing of upcoming conference presentation dates, are available on the Performance Reporting Resources webpage at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/resources/index.html.

Additionally, the Performance Reporting team regularly accepts invitations to speak at conferences or with educational organizations regarding state accountability. Interested parties can inquire about the availability of such presentations by emailing the division at performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov.

Assessment Scoring and Reporting

The 2019 STAAR Grades 3–8 Reporting Student Data File Format and 2019 STAAR End-of-Course Reporting Student Data File Format have been posted here.

The Student Portal is updated on bi-monthly basis to reflect changes submitted by the districts.

The raw score to scale score conversion tables are posted here

For questions or help with accessing and interpreting STAAR results, districts and parents can email assessment.reporting@tea.texas.gov or call (512) 463-9704.

 

This Week’s FAQ

Will the “all students” group be evaluated when identifying campuses for Targeted Support and Improvement in 2019?

Yes. Beginning in August 2019, any campus having one or more student group(s), including the “all students” group, that failed to meet a Closing the Gaps indicator target for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, and 2019) will be identified for Targeted Support and Improvement. The following student groups are not evaluated when identifying campuses for targeted support and improvement: former special education, continuously enrolled, and non-continuously enrolled.

To view more 2018 accountability FAQs, please visit https://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/resources/index.html.

 

Performance Reporting Calendar

March 25–Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window opens (TEASE)

April 5—Alternative education accountability (AEA) registration window closes (TEASE)

April 26—Final lists of AEA campuses and open enrollment charter schools published (public site)

April 29–Campus pairing registration window opens (TEASE)

May 10—Campus pairing registration window closes (TEASE)

Last updated on May 7, 2019
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