In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed a bill mandating a new accountability system for Texas public school students. Click here for an overview of the system.
This rating system integrates the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing, graduation rates, and rates of students achieving the Recommended High School Program and Distinguished Achievement High School Program.
Previous to this newly enacted system, the state of Texas used the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) testing model to determine school ratings. The last year this system was used was 2011. In 2012, no state accountability ratings were issued. The students took the STAAR tests, but no ratings were assigned. The 2012-2013 school year marked the first year of ratings using STAAR results and distinction designations. Each year the agency builds on this accountability system.