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Carroll ISD Joins Long List of Districts Calling for Repeal of Current Accountability System

Feb 02, 2017 10:08AM ● By Editorial Intern f

At their most recent board meeting, the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees called on the Texas legislature to repeal the controversial A-F Accountability Rating System.

This rating system is slated to take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year. Passed during the 2015 legislature, the system will use five letter grade indicators to evaluate districts and campuses regarding three goals: Preparing students for postsecondary success, reducing achievement gaps among students from different racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds, and informing parents and the community about district and campus performance.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released preliminary scores so that schools could review their grades and give feedback, prompting many districts to adopt resolutions calling for a repeal of the grading system. Districts believe this accountability system relies too much on one standardized test. Furthermore, the only grading criterion for post-secondary success is the number of students who are chronically absent from campus.

TEA’s accountability system has ramifications here at home, too. Carroll Senior High School may receive as low as a C-grade because the campus offers a variety of career and technology courses, but the curriculum does not offer three or more such courses in a linear sequence.

Ultimately, CISD is striving for more autonomy to craft curriculum it believes will best serve their students. CISD School Board’s official resolution calls for the TEA to “develop a community-based accountability system that empowers school districts to design their own internal systems of assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards, allows districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet the needs and interests of each student and their communities.”

The A-F system is by no means set in stone: The TEA will continue to make modifications through spring 2018, at which point the final rules and regulations will be solidified. As of right now, 397 school districts have adopted resolutions calling for repeal.

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