Education Commissioner Mike Morath said campuses, school districts and open-enrollment charter schools directly affected by Hurricane Harvey will be eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, if they meet at least one of a number of specific criteria.

Under the Hurricane Harvey Provision, 2018 accountability ratings will be generated for eligible districts, charter schools and campuses using available data, according to a June 6 press release from TEA.

If a campus meeting at least one of the criteria receives an Improvement Required rating, the campus will be labeled Not Rated

If a district or open-enrollment charter school meeting at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria receives a B, C, D, or F rating, the district or open-enrollment charter school will be labeled Not Rated. (As part of House Bill 22, districts will receive a rating of A, B, C, D or F in 2018.)

The established criteria are based on data reported by districts and charter schools to the Texas Education Agency over the past school year.

More than 100 districts eligible for Harvey waivers 

In an Aug. 1 statement, TEA said 109 school districts and charter schools directly affected by Hurricane Harvey last year will be eligible for special evaluation in this year's state accountability ratings. Texas school districts will receive a rating of A, B, C, D or F later in August, but certain Harvey-affected districts and charter schools will be eligible for a "Not Rated" label. Click here to see a list of eligible districts.

Campus criteria

Campuses will be evaluated under the Hurricane Harvey Provision if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The campus identified 10 percent or more of enrolled students with specific crisis codes for displaced or homeless students. Campus enrollment is based on October snapshot data; OR
  • The campus reported that 10 percent or more of its teachers experienced homelessness due to Hurricane Harvey (as reported in a Homeless Survey announced Feb. 14, 2018); OR
  • The campus was reported to TEA as closed for 10 or more instructional days due to Hurricane Harvey; OR
  • The campus was reported to TEA as displaced due to Hurricane Harvey either because the student population was relocated to another geographic location (at least through winter break) or the student population was required to share its own campus facility with the students of another campus closed as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey (at least through winter break).

Districts and charter schools

School districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be labeled Not Rated if all campuses within the school district or open-enrollment charter school receive a Not Rated label as a result of the Hurricane Harvey Provision. Additionally, if 10 percent or more of the school district or open-enrollment charter school’s students were enrolled in a campus labeled Not Rated under the Hurricane Harvey Provision, the school district or open-enrollment charter school will be labeled Not Rated

For purposes of counting consecutive years of ratings, 2017 and 2019 will be considered consecutive for school districts, open-enrollment charter schools and campuses receiving a Not Rated label in 2018 due to hurricane-related issues.

TEA said any hurricane-affected school district, open-enrollment charter school, or campus not identified as eligible for this provision may appeal under the accountability appeals process.

The Hurricane Harvey Provision will be part of an administrative rule-making process to adopt the 2018 Accountability Manual. TEA is seeking public comment on the provision through July 9.