Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS)
Through the Frisco ISD community-based accountability system (CBAS) process, campus communities are empowered to define school accountability in a manner that more accurately reflects the needs and priorities of its students. The system recognizes and reports on educational outcomes above and beyond standardized testing and provides information to schools and communities that communicates overall effectiveness and can drive meaningful, lasting change.
The CBAS establishes and maintains a meaningful contract, or agreed set of expectations, between a community and its schools rooted in the focus areas of the Future-Ready Framework.
At present, student results on the state-generated STAAR test provide the basis for campus and district accountability ratings, which provide the local community with a very narrow perspective of student success. In contrast, Community-Based Accountability is based upon the premise that schools exist to serve students, their parents and their communities, and that accountability should first align to that purpose. Community-Based Accountability Systems (CBAS) are a direct response to the fact that test-based accountability systems fail to offer much information or insight to the actual changes or improvements that need to occur within a school.
Students are the reason schools exist and each school is a unique community that will approach each focus area of the Future-Ready Framework in its own way, with its own set of goals, while providing meaningful measures of accountability to campus stakeholders.
This effort is intended to be a positive process benefiting students and is not an anti-testing effort. It recognizes that the best way to have a better accountability system is to build that system and put it forth as an example of how things should be done.
It’s time to change the conversation of how a student or campus is defined as successful. Our students deserve no less. Follow #CantTestThat on social media to see Frisco ISD educators embed learning opportunities for students that cannot be tested on a state assessment.
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