There are updates to the A-F Accountability Refresh Framework. TEA has released cut scores and scaling resources recently and they intend to submit an amendment to the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan to adjust the methodology and targets within the Closing the Gaps domain in alignment with the refresh of the accountability system.
Based on the Commissioner’s perspective, the 2023 A–F System Framework is still preliminary and there is ongoing efforts to gather stakeholder feedback. Additionally, TEA is still in the process of conducting detailed modeling since the preliminary framework was first released back in November 2022.
The most recent updates just released since they unveiled the November framework, include:
STAAR proficiency cut scores remain unchanged from 2017 to account for COVID-19 and the STAAR redesign.
STAAR growth measured in School Progress, Part A: Academic Growth has been updated to evaluate outcomes for accelerated learning as bonus points (more information to come).
The transition plan to integrate Program of Study requirements with industry-based certifications (IBCs) has been deferred one year; the transition plan maintains the Completer requirement when fully implemented.
Sunsetting IBCs will continue to generate College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) credit, but a per campus limit will be applied based on students who only qualify for CCMR credit via a sunsetting IBC. The limit ensures that districts offer their students multiple paths for postsecondary success and is set at five graduates, or 20 percent of graduates, whichever is higher. Based on modeled data that TEA has used, the sunsetting IBC limit will impact a very small number of campuses and will ensure that cut scores are not unfairly driven up by high CCMR scores that rely heavily on sunsetting IBCs alone. The Commissioner expressed to TSA districts (including ours) that our level of rigor is not translating to higher CCMR outcomes ACROSS THE BOARD even when comparing current CCMR expectations prior to the change.
Raw domain and component scores were adjusted or “scaled.” Scaling processes are used by campus type (that did not change). Cut scores and scaling resources for the 2023 A–F are now available to preview in the released document: Preliminary 2023 A–F Refresh Cut Scores and Scaling Resources that provides baseline data sources as well as 2023 scaled score lookup tables for domain and domain component scores. The scaling resources provided do not contain district scaling tables as they were provided in older accountability manuals because beginning with THIS YEAR in 2023, district ratings will be determined proportionally based on the scaled domain outcomes of their campuses (more information to come on what this will look like calculated). ThePreliminary 2023 A–F Refresh Scaled Score Conversion Tool is available NOW and can be used to determine the scaled score associated with a domain or domain component score using this past accountability data.