When annual state accountability ratings are released this month, some Texas school districts will either be graded either "A" or "Not Rated," thanks to a reprieve as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas Education Agency is making the move to an A-F rating system with district-level letter grades this year, which will be extended to campuses in 2019. The Harvey Provision exempts districts from receiving a B, C, D or F for the 2017-18 school year if they meet certain requirements.
Individual school campuses are rated separately from their districts and will this year still receive labels of “Met Standard” and “Improvement Required.” Campuses eligible for the Harvey Provision that would have been labeled "Improvement Required" will instead be "Not Rated” for the 2017-18 school year. Campus eligibility is determined independent of district eligibility.
Before the end of the calendar year, TEA will release a separate “What If” document noting what campus ratings would have been from the 2017–18 school year if given an A–F rating.
The full lists of the 109 eligible districts and 1,188 campuses can be viewed here.
TEA said ineligible districts or campuses can appeal after the ratings are released.