On June 4, 2017, the Houston Chronicle released information about the Children at Risk ratings for 2017. La Porte ISD has provided this information for parents who have questions about the Children at Risk ratings and those awarded through the state’s accountability system.
Earlier this spring, Moak, Casey & Associates, a company highly regarded for expertise in Texas school finance and accountability issues, released a report on the distribution of A-F campus ratings for their client districts. This report determined what the 2015-16 overall rating letter grade for each campus would have been with the inclusion of Domain V, Community and Student Engagement, and using the Texas Education Agency’s proposed methodology for determining what the overall grade would be. The complete article on Moak, Casey & Associates’ research as it applies to La Porte ISD is available here.
Children at Risk is a nonprofit organization not affiliated with the Texas Education Agency and state accountability. In an era of accountability when the State of Texas has already assigned preliminary A-F ratings, the Children at Risk results, in some cases, run contrary to the grades given by the state.
In comparing ratings given by Children at Risk, some schools scored lower than La Porte ISD campuses on the state rankings yet scored higher on the Children at Risk results. In others, there is a stark contrast between ratings by the two systems. For example, according to the research done by Moak, Casey and Associates, La Porte Junior High would have received a “B” had the state A-F rating system been in place for the 2015-16 school year; however, the ranking given by Children at Risk is a “D+.”
As always, La Porte ISD and our campuses work on continuous improvement.