Texas Education Agency Rating System

Exemplary
At least 90 percent of the campus student groups and the total student population must pass Reading/English Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies along with the appropriate dropout or graduation rate. Twenty-five percent of the total student population and the Economically Disadvantaged student group must meet the highest level of performance on TAKS Reading and Mathematics called Commended Performance while 60 percent of the campus English Language Learners (ELL) must show progress from one year to the next.

Recognized

At least 80 percent of the student groups and the total student population must pass the appropriate TAKS assessments while 15 percent of the total population and the Economically Disadvantaged student group must be Commended along with a 60 percent ELL Progress Measure.

Academically Acceptable
Standard accountability procedures for Academically Acceptable call for student groups and the total student population to achieve 70 percent for reading/English language arts, writing and social studies and 65 percent in mathematics and 60 percent for science along with appropriate dropout or graduation rates.

The 2010-11 school year marked the final year of TAKS as the state prepares to roll out the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in 2011-12. The STAAR will be a more rigorous testing program, according to TEA.

TEA implemented more rigorous standards to determine 2011 district and campus ratings in preparation for the new state accountability system under STAAR. Two additional indicators, Commended Performance and the English Language Learner (ELL) Progress Measure were introduced to achieve an Exemplary or Recognized. Passing standards for Academically Acceptable also increased. All modified versions of the TAKS were included.