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Decatur Trustees to receive report

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, December 16, 2017
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After the uproar caused by the December 2016 preliminary letter grade accountability ratings, Texas legislators revised the system during the spring session.

Monday night, Decatur School Board members will get an update on the revisions from Superintendent Judi Whitis. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Decatur ISD Administration Building.

The A-F labels will take effect in August 2019. A “What-if” report reflecting campus performance will be released in January 2019.

The letter grades will be determined from a calculation of performance in three areas – student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps.

Student achievement at the elementary and middle school level will be based on results from the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). At the high school, it will include the STAAR, college, career and military readiness and graduation rates.

School progress will be based on increasing scores.

The final area that will account for 30 percent is closing the gaps. It will take into account the scores in ethnic, special education, English as a second language and economically disadvantaged subgroups.

The law also will allow districts to design local accountability systems for campuses. Only campuses with an overall letter grade of A, B or C can use the local accountability system to improve a letter grade.

The revisions cut the domains in the criteria from five to three, eliminating postsecondary readiness and student and community engagement. Under the previous law, postsecondary readiness counted for 35 percent, and student and community engagement is 10 percent.

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