District earns an 'A' in state accountability rating system
The Lake Travis Independent School District has earned an ‘A’ rating (94) under the state’s 2018 accountability system.
According to the Texas Education Agency, a district’s letter and numeric grade are based on 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 SAT/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.
While district ratings are based on an A–F scale, the 2018 rating labels for individual campuses continued under the Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required labels. In addition to LTISD's 'A' rating, all nine campuses ‘Met Standard’ under the 2018 accountability system. The A–F rating labels will be applied to all Texas schools with the 2019 accountability ratings.
"As superintendent, I am very proud of our district’s ‘A’ rating," said Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD Superintendent of Schools. "It is reflective of the dedication and hard work of our teachers and support staff. However, while I am in full support of accountability, the current rating system is limited in scope and is not a complete measure of our exceptionally high academic and extracurricular performance districtwide. There is a great deal more to our district than what can be encapsulated in a single letter grade that is to reflect an entire academic year. Regardless, our parents should be proud of our district’s rating, and I ask that they help us share the good news throughout our exemplary community."
Parents are encouraged to visit TXschools.org to view online report cards designed to be useful tools in determining how individual schools and/or school districts are performing in different areas. The report cards spotlight specific strengths, in addition to any challenges, that can assure the needs of all students are being met.