More than 400 Campuses Earn Accountability Distinctions
More than 400 Texas public school district campuses that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2018 state accountability system also earned all distinction designations applicable to their individual school, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike
Morath announced August 28.
Up to seven distinction designations can be earned:
• Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
“Earning one or several campus-level distinctions is notable and should be ap-
plauded by a community as an outstanding achievement,” Morath said. “For a school
to earn every potential distinction applicable to their campus is difficult but a reflec-
tion of some truly amazing work by our educators.”
On August 15, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 account-
ability ratings for school districts, charters, and campuses statewide. Morath encour-
aged parents 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 and challenges that can ensure the needs of all stu-
dents 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.
Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in
performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and
student demographics. Depending on campus grade levels and type, the number of
potential distinction designations can vary.
For a list of campuses (listed alphabetically by school district or charter) that
earned all possible distinctions applicable to that school in 2018, visit https://tea.tex-
To view the 2018 state accountability ratings for districts, charters, and campuses, visit the TEA Website at http://tea.texas.gov/accountability/.
School Safety and Crisis
Planning Toolkit Available
AASA, the School Superintendents Associ- ation, has partnered with the National
School Public Relations Association, Cri-sisGo, and other leading education organizations to produce a new online toolkit focused
on school safety and crisis planning.
This free toolkit features a diverse range
of resources and access to a select group
of safety leaders throughout the country
to provide peer-to-peer guidance about a
variety of crises, including natural disasters,
student deaths, school violence, and more.
Within the toolkit, which can be
http://aasacentral.org/school-safety/, are excerpts from the AASA
publication Complete Crisis Communication
Management Manual for Schools, focusing
on using social media during a crisis.
Other organizations that shared resources for the toolkit include the American
School Counselors Association, National
Association of School Psychologists, and the
National School Boards Association.
Additionally, viewers can find Cri-sisGo’s Safe Classroom platform, which
offers school districts mobile and desktop
technology that simplifies emergency planning and enhances two-way communications during crisis events.
Safety and Security Summit Sessions Livestreamed
The TASB Risk Management Fund Partnering for Safe Schools: A Safety and Secu- rity Summit at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock September 13, featuring
sessions by experts in the fields of law enforcement, emergency management, school
law, and more, offered sessions virtually for school districts across the state.
In an effort to facilitate collaboration between educators and local law enforcement, the summit addressed such topics as threat assessment and reporting, mental
health and special education considerations, school architecture, mitigation strategies
and recovery plans, and community involvement in emergency management.
For more information about the summit, visit tasbrmf.org or e-mail tasbrmf@
Keeping On (from page 7)
our discussions and friendships in the
future, seeing you at upcoming events,
and joining incoming TASB President
Jim de Garavilla of Silsbee ISD as he
leads us through the next year.
Please keep doing what you are
doing in advocating for our students
in public schools and continue as
we started our year together by
STANDING UP FOR TEXAS PUBLIC
It has been an honor and a
Teresa Flores, an Ingleside ISD trustee, is
2017–18 president of TASB.