District Expresses Concern Over A-F Accountability Ratings

Feb 14, 2017

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution at its February meeting urging the Texas Legislature to repeal a new state accountability system that utilizes A through F grades to rank schools and districts.

Approximately 500 districts across the state have joined in an effort to voice concerns regarding the single-letter grading system.

The ratings are set to be used for the first time in August 2018, but the Texas Education Agency released preliminary work-in-progress grades in January, noting models are likely to change before the system is implemented. The TEA and Commissioner of Education Mike Morath have recognized that more work on the system is needed.

“The Commissioner acknowledges very problematic flaws in the system and it is a very, very select few who can explain how any grade is arrived at within any domain in the system,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon. “In regards to the sought-after transparency, it is not there and I think our Commissioner would be the first to acknowledge that as he continues to try to find solutions.”

The ratings rely heavily on student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR, but also weigh attendance, graduation and dropout rates, among other considerations.

Watch video here of Board discussion on the topic or see resources on the system from the Texas Education Agency.

The Board previously expressed its opposition to the A-F accountability system through the District’s list of legislative priorities and support of a similar list of priorities complied by the superintendents of the Region 10 Education Service Center.