Accreditation and Accountability

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Debunking ESSA Myths (pdf) describes some common misunderstandings about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the effect it has issues such as the interplay of state and federal accountability, mandatory standardized testing, and "highly qualified" requirements for teachers and paraprofessionals.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) website provides information about the process for assigning an accreditation status to a district and permits visitors to search district accreditation statuses assigned annually since the 2007-08 school year.
  • TEA's Accountability Rating System for Public School Districts website includes a searchable database of school and district accountability ratings determined annually since 1994.
  • TEA's Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) has rated district financial management practices annually since 2009.
  • TEA's Performance Reporting Division evaluates public schools and districts and provides answers to frequently asked questions, presentations, letters, and other resources in the areas of accountability and data reporting.
  • TEA's Performance-Based Monitoring website provides information about the Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS), which reports annually on district and charter school performance in certain areas such as bilingual education, career and technology education, and special education, as well as information about the related data validation indicators.
  • TEA's maintains a website on the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • The U.S. Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) website provides news and resources on that act that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).