In 1993, the Texas legislature enacted statutes that mandated the creation of the Texas public school accountability system to accredit school districts and rate schools. The accountability system integrates the statewide curriculum (TEKS); the state criterion-referenced assessment system (previously TAKS, now STAAR); district and campus recognition for high performance and significant increases in performance; sanctions for performance; and school, district, and state-level reports.
The commissioner of education sets the standards for each rating category within parameters specified in law. The standards were designed to phase in increasingly higher expectations for districts and campuses annually.
Each year, the Texas Education Agency rates schools and districts across the state based on the academic performance of their students, the dropout rate, and other factors.
The overall design of the accountability rating system is a framework of four Performance Indexes which include a broad set of measurements that provide a comprehensive evaluation of the entire campus or district.
RRISD Annual Report
Each year, RRISD compiles a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and the district into an Annual Report. RRISD publishes the Annual Report in the format specified by TEA. The primary component of the Annual Report is the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for the district and each campus. In addition to the TAPR, the district also includes the PEIMS Financial Standard Reports, campus performance objectives, a report of violent or criminal incidents, and information received from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for each high school campus in the district TAPR reports are published each fall, and the Annual Report prepared in January.
Student Success Initiative (SSI)
The Student Success Initiative (SSI), which was enacted in 1999, established grade advancement requirements for students in grades 5 and 8 who take the STAAR reading and math tests.
The SSI stipulates that a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by a unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee. The goal of the SSI is to support on-grade-level academic achievement for every student.
For more information about the SSI, go to the TEA website.