AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) on Wednesday released the 2018 state accountability ratings for more than 8,700 campuses statewide.

This is the first year that all public schools will be rated with an A – F grade. The goal of this system is to help parents and the public more easily understand how a school is doing at preparing its students for the future.

Campus ratings in 2018 are as follows:

Alice Independent School District: Overall Performance: C (Acceptable Performance)

"Alice ISD is committed to enhancing the learning experience for our kids. Our goal is for every student to show progress towards mastery for their standards - the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills," said AISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough. "Our kids are our future, and preparing them for success in higher education, career entry, or military service is our mission. One of our instructional initiatives this year will focus on intentional planning with depth of knowledge; challenging our kids with more complex tasks and activities that require deeper levels of thinking and problem solving. Alice ISD has a rich tradition of success, many of the great things we do are not reflected on the state accountability ratings. We have awesome kids, dedicated staff and a community who strives for excellence - we know we can be an "A" district."

Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD: Overall Performance: D (In Need of Improvement)

Orange Grove ISD: Overall Performance: B (Recognized Performance)

“We're pleased that we received a B, but there is still a need for improvements. We are excited to start the new school year to start executing our plan...,” said OGISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Hoyer.

Premont ISD: Overall Performance: B (Recognized Performance)

San Diego ISD: Overall Performance: B (Recognized Performance)

“San Diego ISD is very pleased to inform the community that our 2018-2019 District Rating is a B or RECOGNIZED Performance,” said SDISD Dr. Samuel Bueno. “We are very proud of all the hard work our students, teachers, administrators, parents and support staff put in to earn this letter grade. Our Vision is to be a Model School System and we are well on the way! Go Vaqueros Go!”

Benavides ISD: Overall Performance: D (In Need of Improvement)

"Benavides ISD has received notification from TEA that Benavides Elementary and Benavides Secondary will be designated as 'Met Standard'. In addition, Benavides ISD was also designated as 'Met Standard'. TEA has also released A-F grades for Texas school districts. Benavides ISD received a D," said BISD Superintendent Adell Cueva said. "This measurement is not indicative of the amount of hard work that our teachers and students put in all year long. It is not indicative of the talent and potential that is possessed in our district by our students, teachers, and community. Benavides ISD will continue to implement and work on initiatives and strategies that leads towards building and fostering our academic growth."

Freer ISD: Overall Performance: C (Acceptable Performance)

Robstown ISD: Overall Performance: C (Acceptable Performance)

Tuloso-Midway ISD: Overall Performance: C (Acceptable Performance)

Agua Dulce ISD: Overall Performance: C (Acceptable Performance)

Calallen ISD: Overall Performance: B (Recognized Performance)

“According to the Texas Education Agency’s preliminary ratings, Calallen ISD has once again received a Recognized rating, having earned an 87, or an overall B performance rating. In addition, Calallen ISD earned the only distinction designation available to districts: Postsecondary Readiness.,” said Dr. Arturo Almendarez, CISD Superintendent. “All CISD schools met all performance standards, and were awarded a combined total of 26 academic distinction designations. We understand there is more work to be done, but we are proud to earn a Recognized rating, and thank students, staff, parents, and the community for their contributions to our success!”

Parents are encouraged to visit TXschools.org to view online report cards designed to be useful tools in seeing how a school or school district is doing in different areas. The report cards spotlight specific strengths, in addition to any challenges, that can assure the needs of all students are being met. Parents can search by district or school name and compare that district’s or school’s performance to others in their area.

Campuses receive a rating based on performance in three areas:

Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year.  It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and 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.

Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.