Local superintendents weigh in on TEA's new rating system


ABILENE, Texas - Your child's school will soon receive grades itself, but a new move by the Texas Education Agency isn't sitting well with some district administrators in the Big Country.

Instead of a pass-fail system, schools will get a letter grade when rated by the TEA.

"An A through F rating system, I don't know if that's a good way to do that," said Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light.

The TEA's current accountability system gives public schools and districts either a rating of "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required."

Schools will be evaluated on student achievement, student progress, college readiness, and closing achievement gaps between minority students and white students.

Light says the new system is not an accurate measurement of success from students and teachers.

"It's not reflecting the work or the effort of our students, or staff or administrators in the state by any stretch of the imagination," said Light.

Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. David Young said the district took last year's recorded data and compared the information to the new rating system. Many AISD schools would go from "met standard" to Cs and Ds

"I'm hopeful this can be a good system for our state. I just wish rather than trying to build the airplane while we're flying it, that we would've done a thorough job of constructing the system, preparing folks for its implementation," Young said.

The new system is scheduled to go into effect August 2018.

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