ERIC Number: ED394205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Public School Accountability: A Report Card on Implementation of the System.
Texas State Legislative Budget Board, Austin.
This progress report reviews the first year of Texas' public-school accountability system. The report meets the state legislature's requirement to: (1) provide reliable measurement of student performance; (2) relate student academic outcomes to state standards; (3) recommend action in cases where results deviated from expected performance; and (4) devise a method for informing the public of the schools' results. The report describes the background of Senate Bill 7 and its requirements for accountability and assessment, and it compares students' Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) scores for 1993 and 1994. The 1993 results had identified 326 out of over 1,000 school districts as low-performing. Intervention teams made site visits and conducted interviews at the schools. The 1994 TAAS results posted in June showed improvement but were countered by a change in several basic computations for school ratings. Thus, the 1993 and 1994 results are not directly comparable. The report recommends the use of regression analysis as the basic methodology for analyzing data for showing comparable growth within peer groups; the full implementation of the Texas Learning Index as the primary unit used to calculate required improvement and to support the state standard requiring one year's growth in reading and mathematics; and the establishment of a policy to require new management systems for districts with schools that have been rated low-performing for 2 consecutive years, including charter-schools. Fifteen other recommendations are included. One figure and four tables are offered. The appendix contains Chapter 35 of the Texas Education Code, the mandate for the public-school accountability system. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Legislative Budget Board, Austin.