TEA releases 'preliminary' A-F school, district grades for 2015-16 school year

Grades based on new system to be used for 2017-2018 school year

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter
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SAN ANTONIO - It's a new rating system, but for some districts, the policy doesn't make the grade.

"We've been talking for two years about how this is bad policy," said Dr. Brian Woods, Northside ISD superintendent.

Northside and public school districts statewide are in the process of switching to a new rating system that will be issued officially for the first time in August 2017. Instead of the current "Met Standards/Improvement Required" ratings, districts will get an A-F grade overall in five domains: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, postsecondary readiness and community and student engagement.

Districts' official ratings for the 2015-16 school year were released in November 2016 and are still based on the old system. The grades released Friday are just a "work-in-progress" report based only on the first four domains and incomplete grading criteria.

The full list of grades can be found here

Northside did alright with two B's and two C's, but Woods isn't paying any attention.

"We will carry on as we have, as if they are never published," he said.

The Northside superintendent is against the idea of the A-F rating system as a whole.

"It just doesn't reflect what goes on in a school or certainly not a school district," he said.

North East ISD got two B's, a C, and a D, though Superintendent Dr. Brian Gottardy said they'll take the grades "with the grain of salt they deserve."

"These grades do not adequately capture the actual effort and effectiveness of a school or district," he wrote in a statement to KSAT.

Meanwhile, at San Antonio ISD, which got a lot of red marks with two F's, a D and a C, a spokeswoman says they aren't against the concept.

"What we want to ensure is that the final criteria truly represents how our schools are performing and our students are performing in our schools, and that's what we're going to be following," said Leslie Price, SAISD spokeswoman.

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