State Accountability

  • TEA accredits public schools in Texas at the district level for grades K-12. The Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions section of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) states how accreditation statuses will be determined and assigned to school districts. Those statuses are defined as AccreditedAccredited-WarnedAccredited-Probation, and Not Accredited-Revoked. The TAC rules also establish accreditation standards and sanctions, including definitions, purpose and oversight appointment.

    Academic Accountability Ratings

    Texas provides annual academic accountability ratings to its public school districts, charters and schools. The ratings are based largely on performance on state standardized tests and graduation rates. The ratings examine student achievement, student progress, efforts to close the achievement gap and postsecondary readiness. A video available in English and Spanish provides a quick overview of the system. You may also click here for an electronic document that provides an overview of the system.

    Districts and campuses are awarded Distinctions based on their performance. Click here to learn what distinctions are available.

    TAPR Report

    The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), pull together a wide range of information annually on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas. The reports, available back to the 2012–13 school year, provide extensive information on staff, programs, and demographics for each school and district. The school report card (SRC) combines accountability ratings, data from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance. Available for each campus in Texas, the SRC is intended specifically to inform parents and guardians about a school’s individual characteristics and its academic performance.

    When districts or schools struggle with performance, the state may order the implementation of interventionsClick here to learn more about requirements for struggling schools.

    The Texas Education Code (TEC) requires the following:

    • TEC §39.361 requires districts to state whether one or more of its campuses have been awarded a distinction designation or is currently rated F and to provide an explanation of the significance of the information.
    • TEC §39.362 requires districts to post on the district website the current accreditation status and accountability ratings, Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and School Report Cards (SRC) as well as an explanation of the information by the 10th day of each school year.

    For additional information, see the Requirement for Posting of Performance FAQ.

    Federal Report Card

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires each State education agency to prepare and publish an annual report card with state-, district- and campus-level data. Federal Report cards may be accessed by clicking here. Please see a letter from Superintendent Cabrera regarding the Federal Report Card by clicking here.

    Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) Overview

    The Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) is an automated data system that reports annually on the performance of school districts and charter schools in selected program areas (bilingual education/English as a second language, career and technical education, certain federal Title programs, and special education). To access PBMAS reports you may click here.