The Houston Independent School District is one step closer to moving away from a conservatorship after new Texas Education Agency ratings show significant
improvement in several schools.
In fact, HISD says the number of schools meeting state standards is now the highest it has ever been under Texas’ tougher new accountability system that was introduced in 2012. According to the new TEA ratings released on August 15, 90 percent of HISD schools rated
(251 out of 278) earned a “met standard” rating for the 2016-2017 school year. At the same time, 11 fewer schools received an “improvement required” rating.
HISD earned a “met standard” district rating.
Last week, TEA officials sent a letter to the district warning about 13 schools in need of improvement and the prospect of them being taken over by the state. According to the new ratings, nearly half (18 out of 38) of the schools that were considered “improvement
required” last year achieved a “Met Standard” rating in 2017. This means in all, 21 campuses came off of “Improvement Required” for 2017.
HISD earned this progress in spite of facing the toughest standards since the inception of the state’s new accountability system began in 2013.