School districts across Texas have had to evaluate their districts based on the new Texas school accountability ratings.

Alice ISD administration gathered for a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to better understand what the new changes meant for their district.

South Texas districts including Alice, San Diego, Benavides, Freer, Orange Grove, Premont, Ben Bolt Palito Blanco, Agua Dulce, Robstown, Banquete, Tuloso-Midway and Calallen ISD were grade on five domains, student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, postsecondary readiness, and community and student engagement.

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the 84th Legislature passed House Bill 2804, changing the Texas school accountability system so that every campus and district receives one of five ratings from A-F.

The new bill requires schools and districts to be issued grades based on five different domains, and those five grades must be combined into a single overall rating.

The grades given out recently by the TEA are “What if reports” that reflect the STAAR scores from the 2015 – 2016 school year, according to Ervin Knezek and John Fessenden with Lead4ward.

According to Knezek, every year there are changes made to the was the students progress is determined. The changes demand much more from students using the STAAR test.

“No campus will get one grade,” Fessenden stated. “Instead they will received six grades total – one overall grade and one for each of the five domains.”

Ratings will be issued for the first time in August 2018, according to TEA.