With a score that reflects exemplary performance, Rockwall ISD earned an A grade on the TEA Report Card in the latest state accountability scores released this week.
Districts score an A (90-100) when they serve most students well, encouraging high academic achievement and/or appropriate academic growth for nearly all students. Most students will be prepared for eventual success in college, in a career, or in the military, according to the TEA.
Both Rockwall ISD high schools, Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School, earned grades of A.
Of Rockwall ISD’s 22 school campuses, 12 received A grades and nine earned a B. Only Amanda Rochell Elementary, which serves kindergarten through sixth grade, earned a C, with a grade of 77 out of 100.
The Texas Education Agency on Monday released accountability scores for campuses and districts that show statewide academic improvements after the loss of education due to the coronavirus pandemic proved disastrous.
Assessing 1,195 districts and 8,451 campuses, the agency said it saw “promising signs of progress in Texas’ efforts to catch up with students academically” by comparing data from 2019 and 2022.
Specifically, the state has seen significant gains in student academic growth, with 25% of districts and 33% of campuses improving their overall arts grade from 2019 to 2022. Additionally, 18% of very poor campuses in Texas were rated A.
“These results show that our state’s significant investment in the post-pandemic school resumption of Texas public school students is paying off,” Education Commissioner Mike Morath said in a statement. “I am grateful for the driving force behind this year’s success: our teachers and local school leaders.”
In 2017, Texas lawmakers implemented the AF Accountability System to provide educators, parents, and communities with insight into the academic performance of their district and campuses.
The grading system takes into account student achievement, which measures whether students have met STAAR test expectations; academic progress, which shows student performance over time and how the school’s performance compares to that of other schools with similar economically disadvantaged student populations; and closing the gaps, which indicates how well a school is ensuring that all groups of students are successful, according to the TEA website.
Following the release of the grades, Shannon Holmes, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said the letter grades “(reflect) the tremendous collaboration between all school staff and parents to help students to recover from the learning disruptions and emotional ramifications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Holmes added that the state must continue to do all it can to support public schools.
“While we continue to believe that the success of a campus or district cannot be adequately measured by a letter grade based primarily on a singular test, these 2022 accountability grades provide insight into multi-tasking services. facets and supports that our public schools provide for the children of Texas,” Holmes said in a statement. “A lot of work remains to be done, but these results are a positive sign.”