Frisco ISD Rated ‘A’ by TEA

Written by Korinna Kirchhoff

Future-Ready FrameworksToday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released accountability rating grades for districts and campuses throughout Texas. 

Frisco ISD is the largest school district in North Texas to receive an ‘A’ rating and all campuses received either an ‘A’ or ‘B’ as their overall rating. The campus rating can be found on the “Future-Ready Profile” on each campus website

“While we are proud of all that our students and teachers have accomplished, it’s impossible to summarize their success in a letter grade,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip. “We know the true effectiveness of our schools is measured by our ability to develop students who can embrace challenges, innovate and contribute to the changing world around them.”

The ratings are based on student performance on state standardized tests, graduation rates, and college, career and military readiness outcomes. The ratings are also determined by examining STAAR/EOC results to assess student achievement, school progress and whether districts and campuses are closing achievement gaps among various student groups.

The campus and district ratings are one small part of how the District is accountable to students and their families, although that doesn’t diminish the success of students this past spring. When comparing the Frisco ISD EOC results to the state, FISD students have a higher rate of overall success than the state average for all subject areas across all grade levels.

When comparing the District to itself, a higher percentage of Frisco ISD elementary students achieved Approaches, Meets and Masters in math and reading when compared to 2021 results. In addition, a higher percentage of middle school students achieved Approaches, Meets and Masters in English Language Arts and math. Watch Associate Deputy Superintendent Dr. Wes Cunningham’s full preliminary report of 2021 STAAR/EOC scores from the June Board meeting.

Frisco ISD Reenvisions Accountability

Just like students are so much more than an individual STAAR/EOC score, AP score or their performance in competition, the District and each campus are so much more than the letter grade that was released by the TEA.

“Accountability to students and the community is an important part of public education,” said Dr. Wes Cunningham, associate deputy superintendent. “Families want to feel confident in the schools their children attend every day and schools want to share their successes, both big and small.

“This is why campuses put together a ‘Future-Ready Campus Profile’ to showcase several of the highlights from the 2021-22 school year that simply can’t be measured by a standardized test.”

This year, Frisco ISD invites families to dig deeper into what makes their school so special. The Future-Ready Campus Profile on the campus website details accomplishments, key data points and highlights that are simply unquantifiable on standardized assessments.

Each campus also included a set of questions, goals or steps rooted in the Future-Ready Learner Profile that they are using to guide the coming school year as they plan continual improvement to benefit students. Next year, this Future-Ready Campus Profile will evolve as the campuses hope to increase transparent accountability in a way that matters most to each unique campus community.

How Does a Campus or District Get Rated?

The letter grade-based accountability system evaluates performance according to three domains: Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps.

  • Student Achievement evaluates performance across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness indicators and graduation rates.

  • School Progress measures district and campus outcomes in two areas: 

    • the number of students that grew at least one year academically (or are on track) as measured by STAAR results, and

    • the achievement of all students relative to districts or campuses with similar economically disadvantaged percentages.

  • Closing the Gaps uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors. 

Panther Creek High School and Minett Elementary are not eligible for ratings this year. The Student Opportunity Center, Career and Technical Education Center and Early Childhood School do not receive campus-based ratings because they are not considered by TEA as the home campus for instruction.

Find prior year reports and more information regarding the rating system.

Learn More About Accountability Ratings

The website contains interactive accountability rating reports and detailed reports for each district, campus and open-enrollment charter school in the state of Texas. 

2022 Campus Comparison Groups lists are available for each campus.

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