In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3 mandating the creation of entirely new assessment and accountability systems focused on the achievement of postsecondary readiness for all Texas public school students. TEA worked closely with advisory committees to develop an integrated accountability system based on the adopted goals and guiding principles.
As a transition to the new assessment program, no state accountability ratings were issued in 2012. TEA worked throughout the year with technical and policy advisory committees to develop a new rating system based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)1 and a new distinction designations system. The new accountability system allows for a large number of measures to be evaluated within a performance index framework, eliminating the limitations of a single indicator determining the rating. The 2012- 13 school year marked the first year of ratings and distinction designations based on STAAR results.
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed HB 5 which requires evaluation of additional indicators for postsecondary readiness and distinction designations. The 2014 ratings include a new postsecondary readiness measure – college-ready graduates. Future ratings will expand postsecondary readiness indicators to include other measures of postsecondary success. Thus, the creation of School Report Cards.