ERIC Number: ED424666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding the Scope of the Texas Public School Accountability System. Policy Research Report Number 9.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
With the re-adoption of the Texas Education Code (TEC) in 1995, the Texas commissioner of education was required to develop and propose an assessment system for students with disabilities and for students of limited English proficiency. The evolution of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) program and the development of the accountability rating system for Texas's public schools and districts, with an emphasis on the Spanish TAAS, is described. The report provides background information for including more students in the statewide assessment program and discusses ways in which the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) can be evaluated. The report suggests that expanding the assessment program and AEIS is contingent upon resolving measurement and policy issues related to appropriate testing of students, appropriate use of test results, and the impact on the accountability rating system for Texas schools. Issues discussed include the appropriate testing of students with disabilities, test accommodations for students with disabilities, preparation of students with limited English proficiency for the English TAAS, number and consistency of exemptions, appropriate use of Spanish TAAS results, impact on the accountability system, and attributing students to dual campuses. The text concludes with an update of changes in state statutes related to student assessment and school accountability. (RJM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Excellence Indicator System; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills