2020 Accountability System Framework Posted

TEA published the 2020 Academic Accountability System Framework on Friday, March 6th.

TSA accountability experts will quickly notice that the agency did agree with ATAC’s recommendation that the ‘all students’ group no longer be used to identify campuses for targeted support and improvement or additional targeted support. However, the agency did not agree with APAC and ATAC’s recommendation to extend the use of CTE coherent sequence of courses in CCMR through the 2021 accountability cycle, nor will the Spanish to English transition proxy be re-instated in 2020.

Important note : TSA campuses that serve large numbers of unschooled asylees, unschooled refugees, and students with interrupted formal education (SIFEs) are encouraged to model the new ESSA requirement to include these students’ results in accountability calculations beginning with their second year of enrollment (rather than their fifth year of enrollment) to see if and/or how this rule will impact campus accountability ratings.

Key chapters of the 2020 Accountability Manual are expected to be published for public comment in early May; and once the chapters are posted, TSA accountability experts will meet to coordinate comments for submission to TEA.

All of the 2020 Accountability Development & Accountability Reset documents may be accessed here.

Governor Abbott Announces School Safety And Victims’ Services Research Survey For Educators Across Texas

Governor Greg Abbott recently announced the launch of the School Safety and Victims’ Services Research Survey for educators across the state of Texas. This survey, administered by Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University (TSSC), “will glean information on school preparedness during, before, and after crises such as active shooter situations or natural disasters.”

According to the governor’s press release, the survey will be sent to more than 500,000 educators across the state and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The results will inform a statewide needs assessment being conducted by SHSU and TSCC—the largest needs assessment on school safety in the state’s history. This assessment will inform policy makers of ways in which the State of Texas can further support educators’ needs regarding safety, mental health, and violence in schools.

Hmmm… I wonder if this statewide school safety survey could be included as a metric in future campus and district accountability ratings?

Just thinking out loud, Dee

Breaking News For Busy People

“Betsy DeVos’s problem with numbers”

The Washington Post reports that  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has a problem with numbers. As in, she sometimes cites numbers that just aren’t accurate…and she did during two appearances in the last week before congressional committees when defending the Trump administration’s proposed 2021 budget.”

This article “ debunks” her testimony last week regarding charter school waiting lists, charter school expansion (including Texas-based IDEA charter chain’s jet lease and Spurs tickets), and NAEP results. Read the full article here.

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