Most Texas school districts earned passing grades as TEA issued its first A-F academic accountability ratings.

The Texas Education Agency issued the grades Aug. 15 to all public school districts and charters, with 92 districts exempt from a grade this year due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast.

TEA released the following breakdown of grades:

RATING DISTRICTS CHARTERS TOTAL
A 121 32 153
B 334 22 356
C 232 15 247
D 46 11 57
F 9 7 16
Total 742 87 829

Along with the districts qualifying for the Hurricane Harvey provision, 13 others received a "Not Rated" label.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath commended the work taking place in high-performing school districts statewide. “Achieving an A rating reflects the hard work and commitment of everyone within a school district, starting with our classroom teachers. We should all celebrate the outstanding work of these dedicated educators,” he said.

School districts and charters were graded on their performance in three areas:

  • Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year. It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments; college, career, and military readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results; and graduation rates.
  • School Progress measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Closing the Gaps looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

For more on each domain and the A-F state accountability system, click here.​

Complex system

Although use of A-F rating labels is intended to be simplistic and easy to understand, the process of arriving at the rating label is anything but. Rather, it involves a complex series of steps that eventually results in a numeric overall score. The score is then scaled to an A-F range as follows:

District Overall and Domain Rating Cut Points
A B C D F
scaled score
90-100
scaled score
80-89
scaled score
70-79
scaled score
60-69
scaled score
59 or lower

Although the same process was followed for campuses, for the 2017-18 school year, rating labels continued to be Met Standard and Improvement Required. Again, the final numeric scale was scaled as follows:

Non-AEA Campus Overall and Domain Rating Cut Points
Met Standard Improvement Required 
scaled score 60-100 scaled score 59 or lower
AEA Campus Overall and Domain Rating Cut Points
Met Alternative Standard Improvement Required 
scaled score 60-100 scaled score 59 or lower

Campus ratings

Campuses received one of three ratings this year: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. This is the last year of the pass-fail ratings for campuses. In August 2019, campuses also will be given A-F grades.

RATING DISTRICT CAMPUSES CHARTERS TOTAL
Met Standard 7,128 473 7,601
Met Alternative Standard 132 85 217
Improvement Required 293 56 349
Total 7,553 614 8,167

TEA said 86 campuses that would have received an Improvement Required rating were instead given a "Not Rated" label under the Hurricane Harvey provision.

Districts, charters and campuses can appeal their assigned ratings, and final ratings will be released in December.

Explore the ratings

To see how your district and campus were rated, click here.