Borden County Receives Top Marks on State’s New Accountability System

Borden County Receives Top Marks on State’s New Accountability System

The Texas Education Agency released school district ratings last week for each school district in Texas and Borden County received score of “96” out of 100 possible points on the cumulative accountability rating.

Borden County’s 96 rating represents one of the top numbers in all of region 17 and in the entire state.
The new accountability system, created by House Bill 2804, required that districts receive an A-F grading system for the first time in August 2018.
The reason that Borden County received a 96 and not a letter grade is because single campus districts(such as Borden County, Sands, Grady, Hermleigh, Ira, & Westbrook to name a few) are the only districts that don’t receive the letter, only the number. The “96” received by Borden County would certainly constitute an “A” under the criteria applied to the larger districts who did receive a letter.

According to the TEA website a schools rating is based on:
• Student Achievement: STAAR tests, grades 3-11, administered across all subjects, College, Career and Military Readiness indicators, such as AP & ACT results, as well as graduation rates
• School Progress: measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students
• Closing the Gaps: looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors

More specifically on the ratings information, Borden County received a “Met Standard” rating on each individual academic criterion and received 4 “Distinction Designations”, which represent exemplary achievement, in the areas of Postsecondary Readiness, Top 25%: Comparative Closing the Gaps, Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, and Academic Achievement in Social Studies.

“Teachers, students, parents and community members should be very proud of the school academic ranking”, stated BC Superintendent Billy Collins. “This rating represents lots of hard work, focus and perseverance on the part of everyone at the school and they should certainly be commended. It’s just more news that demonstrates the positive things that go on at our school.”

In addition, Borden County recently received a “Superior” rating on the 2017-2018 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, which is the highest rating given.
Anyone who is interested can learn more about the new accountability system by visiting the Texas Education Agency A-F Resources Page on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/A-F_Accountability_Resources/.