Teaching and Learning
The Office of School Improvement and Accountability, in partnership with campuses and external partners, provides data driven, customized support for teaching and learning to assist in meeting state and federal accountability standards and graduate all students college and career ready. The Office encompasses the programs of Core Instruction, Response to Intervention, Professional Development, New Teacher Mentoring, Accountability, and District Improvement Plans.
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. The distinction designation indicators are typically separate from those used to assign accountability ratings. Districts that receive a rating of A, B, C, or D are eligible for a distinction designation in postsecondary readiness.
For 2018, distinction designations are awarded in the following areas:
- Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Mathematics (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Science (campus only)
- Academic Achievement in Social Studies (campus only)
- Top 25 Percent: Comparative Academic Growth (campus only)
- Top 25 Percent: Comparative Closing the Gaps (campus only)
- Postsecondary Readiness (district and campus)
The new TXSchools.org website contains interactive accountability rating summaries and detailed reports for each district, campus, and open-enrollment charter school in the state of Texas.
Parents can support student learning by accessing the STAAR resources to get acquainted with the learning targets students are aiming for. A set of the latest released tests have been provided for review and for use as practice. They can be accessed on the Texas Education Agency website: https://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/
You can also support learning at home by:
- Assisting your child with homework
- Making sure that your child is completing all homework assignments
- Helping your child develop good study habits, thinking skills, and a positive attitude towards education from an early age
- Ensuring that your child has good attendance at school
- Staying in communication with your child's teacher
- Helping your child learn how to follow directions carefully
- Looking for educational games and programs that engage your child
- Encouraging your child to read as much as possible, and to increase vocabulary. Even reading magazines, newspapers, and comic books regularly will help improve his/her reading skills