Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS)

Through the community-based accountability system (CBAS) process, communities are empowered to define school accountability in a manner that more accurately reflects the diversity, talents, skills, and priorities of its students. It recognizes and celebrates the whole child, reports on educational outcomes above and beyond standardized tests, and provides information to schools that drives meaningful change and improvement..

The purpose of a community-based accountability system (CBAS) is to establish and maintain a meaningful social contract (i.e., an agreed upon set of expectations) between a community and its schools. At present, any agreement regarding accountability is between the state and a school, which places the local community in a bystander role. A CBAS empowers the community to be an active participant in the planning, identification, and reporting of the agreed upon expectations for its schools.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frisco ISD is seeking a system that would reflect the whole child, be aligned with the values of the Frisco Community, and will help drive meaningful change. As we plan and respond to the ever-changing needs of students in today’s society, we seek an accountability structure that more accurately reflects community values and student needs.

Developing a community-based accountability system involves parents, community leaders, and educators working together to develop a more complete and holistic way to share data and information with our community about our schools. The district’s Long Range Planning Committee, Faculty Council, and district leaders have joined to initiate the development of a community-based accountability system for Frisco ISD. 

Yes. Currently there are 51 school districts in Texas that are working towards the development of a community-based accountability system. 

A community-based accountability system:

  • Recognizes and honors the multiple ways students express learning and the manner in which all students are prepared for an ever-changing future. 

  • Is driven by the unique needs of the students and the values and expectations from the community it serves, as compared to the one-size-fits-all approach that is currently used.

  • Includes parents, community members, and educators working in partnership to identify meaningful indicators of progress and/or successes unique to the Frisco ISD Community.

  • Supports efforts to innovate and customize learning experiences based on the needs and interests of our students and community.

  • Recognizes that schools are accountable for the capacities, requirements, principles, and infrastructure necessary to create and sustain a successful learning organization.

  • Is an engine of meaningful change for schools, not another report card.

This community-based accountability system prioritizes the whole child and will report multiple, diverse data points above and beyond what can be shared from standardized tests. Public school accountability should include multiple, comprehensive measures that more accurately reflect the student experiences on a campus and the expectations from its community. Accordingly, the CBAS will include information and data based upon the following categories:

  • Student Learning and Progress

  • Student Readiness

  • Engaged, Well-Rounded Students

  • Community Engagement and Partnerships

  • Professional Learning/Quality Staff

  • Fiscal and Operational Systems

  • Safety and Well-Being

  • Cultural responsiveness

Frisco ISD will publish the community-based report in the Fall of each school year in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency’s release of the A-F Accountability Ratings.

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