District Accountability Reports
HB 5 - School District Evaluation of Performance in Community & Student Engagement
Prior to the 2013 legislative session, superintendents, trustees, parents, and various business groups, among others were asking state leaders and legislators to reduce the number of required state assessments and provide more flexibility in graduation plans. HB 5 provided for both.
HB 5 also included a local evaluation requirement that is frequently referred to as the community engagement component. The community engagement requirement is an opportunity for districts to showcase areas of excellence and success as well as recognize areas in need of improvement and set future goals valued in the community.
The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses in the district based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545). The law requires that each district and each campus be assigned a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable.