AISD Successfully Appeals Accountability Rating for North Heights

AISD Successfully Appeals Accountability Rating for North Heights
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November 17, 2016—The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the final 2016 state academic accountability ratings, adjusting Amarillo ISD’s North Heights Alternative School rating from Improvement Required to Met Alternative Standard.

 When initial state academic accountability ratings were released in August, North Heights missed the category of student achievement by one point. AISD reviewed the data and decided to appeal the Improvement Required rating under Texas Education Code which allows districts to challenge their accountability ratings. Appeals are reviewed by an independent panel before being sent to the commissioner of education for a final decision.

“When looking through the detailed data from North Heights, we found a discrepancy with one student’s information. We decided to appeal the rating based on that error and provided TEA with the documentation to support the recalculation of the index score for the school,” said Stan Chatman, the executive director of student performance over the Tascosa cluster. “Ultimately, TEA agreed and changed the rating.”

With the change, Amarillo ISD and 54 of its schools met the state’s standard on academic performance. The ratings report revealed AISD met the target in 216 out of 219 total categories evaluated by TEA.

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