The Leadership Loop

Jan. 10, 2023

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A-F Accountability Reset and Cut Scores

In order to align letter grades and scores used in the A–F academic accountability system to the common conception of letter grades, raw domain, and component scores are adjusted or “scaled.” Cut scores related to the 2023 A–F accountability system refresh are available, as well as scaling resources and 2023 scaled score lookup tables for domain and domain component scores are listed on the following link.

TAA:2023 A–F Refresh: Release of Cut Scores, Scaling Resources, and Amendment to the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

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Join Us For Training

We are offering two sessions to learn about the changes to the A-F Accountability system.

Join us either February 14th or February 28th as we compare and contrast the changes and help you understand how they will affect you.

The session will be 9-12 AM with a come-and-go optional support session from 1:30-4 PM in the afternoon.

Feb. 14th- Session #505593

Feb. 28th- Session #505594

Amendment to the State’s ESSA State Plan and Stakeholder Feedback

The Closing the Gaps domain uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and other factors. The indicators included in this domain, as well as the domain’s construction, align the state accountability system with ESSA requirements. A detailed summary of the proposed Closing the Gaps changes and a full draft of the ESSA amendment with changes highlighted is available here.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback here through February 1, 2023, to help inform the proposed rule. The 2023 Accountability Manual will be published in the proposed form in spring 2023 for additional feedback prior to becoming rule in summer 2023.

Performance Reporting Calendar

January: 2021–22 School Report Card released
Spring: Proposed version of the 2023 Accountability Manual

September 2023: Accountability ratings under the refreshed system released

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Performance Level Cut Points

Preliminary 2023 Accelerated Testers Student Listings and explanatory materials are now available in the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential.

SAT and/or ACT results for accelerated testers are included in STAAR components in the subject areas of English language arts (ELA)/reading, mathematics, and science at the standards provided below.
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Federal Report Card and Dissemination Requirements

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires each State education agency to prepare and publish an annual report card with state-, local education agency (LEA)- and campus-level data. The Federal Report Card data for 2021-2022 are now available.

Each LEA that receives Title I, Part A funding is responsible for disseminating the state-, LEA- and campus-level report cards to 1) all LEA campuses, 2) parents of all enrolled students and 3) the general public via widely available public means, such as posting on the Internet, distribution to the media, or distribution through public agencies.

At a minimum, the LEA must—

  • Post direct links to the State, LEA, and campus report cards on its website;
  • Notify parents of all students about the availability of the report cards and the options for obtaining them;
  • Provide appropriate translation (either oral or written) upon request;
  • Make hard copies available to parents upon request; and
  • Make hard copies available for viewing in public locations.

Sample parent notification letters in English and Spanish that LEAs may customize are available on the TEA Federal Report Card Web Page. TEA strongly encourages LEAs to translate the sample letter in a language and format that all parents can understand.

LEAs are not required to use the sample parent notification letters, but they must make the federal report card information readily accessible to the public, and LEAs must notify parents of the availability of the federal report card information no later than Thursday, March 2, 2023.


The 2021–22 Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) for your district and each campus in your district were available in mid-December on the TEA public website in PDF form. The TAPR Glossary, TAPR Guidelines, and data downloads are also available. The TAPR Glossary contains definitions and methodologies for all items found in the TAPR. The TAPR Guidelines are intended to help districts fulfill their legal responsibilities regarding the TAPR and annual report of their educational performance.

A batch PDF version of the reports including all campuses in a district was also available through the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) Accountability application. The data are masked in TEAL and on the public website; you may release the TAPR as provided on TEAL to the public. The agency does not produce unmasked versions.

About the TAPR

The PDF version of the TAPR includes only major data points and is designed to allow districts to fulfill their public notification requirements while the Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) provides additional data in a comprehensive system and is updated on a rolling basis as data becomes available. The TAPR will not be mailed to districts, but it can be saved or printed directly from TEAL or the TEA public website.

The statute requires that each district’s board of trustees hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s annual report within 90 calendar days of receiving the PDF TAPR. Holiday breaks do not count toward the 90 days. Within two weeks following the public meeting, each district must widely publish its annual report, including posting it on the district website and other public places.

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Final 2020 Annual Graduates College, Career, or Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus (CCMR OB) Student Listings

The Final 2020 Annual Graduates College, Career, or Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus (CCMR OB) Student Listings and explanatory materials are now available in the House Bill 3 tab of the TEA Login (TEAL) Accountability application.

Data related to enrollment in institutes of higher education were updated from estimates of enrollment to actual enrollment. This listing is considered final and was used by the State Funding Division to settle up fiscal year 2021–2022 CCMR OB funding. Please note that the data in these reports are confidential.

The Summary of Finance (SOF) reports reflect funding based on the count of annual graduates in excess of the thresholds for the three cohorts: annual graduates who are educationally disadvantaged (economically disadvantaged), annual graduates who are not educationally disadvantaged, and annual graduates who are enrolled in a special education program.

The NF (Near-Final) column of the 2021-2022 SOF reports has been updated to incorporate CCMR OB funding and used in near-final settle-up calculations. Local education agencies (LEAs) may view their SOF reports through the online Foundation School Program (FSP) system and refer to SOF Run ID 39331. Negative balances resulting from this update will be transferred to reduce FSP payments in school year 2022–2023. Payments will be issued for positive remaining balances.

Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Title IV, Part A LEA Special Data Collection for Public Reporting – Program Objectives and Intended Outcomes

As per the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1, sections 4104(a)(2) and 4106(e)(1)(E), TEA is required to collect and publicly report how all LEA Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1 funds are being expended per content areas by Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) and the degree to which progress has been made toward meeting program objectives and intended outcomes.

All LEAs that applied for Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1 program funds in 2022-2023 are required to report the information requested. TEA will take a phased-in approach to launch the Title IV, Part A Special Data Collection. During the first phase of the collection, LEAs will provide Title IV, Part A Program Objectives and Intended Outcomes for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Federal Program Compliance Division will collect the requested information using the Smartsheet WorkApp system. The report will open in the WorkApp on January 17, 2023. The deadline for LEA data submission will be March 17, 2023.

Title IV, Part A Program Objectives and Intended Outcomes Training

January 10, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time
Training Registration Link: Session ID 92810

January 13, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Central Time
Training Registration Link: Session ID 92811

Title IV, Part A Program Objectives and Intended Outcomes Q&A Sessions

January 26, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Q&A Session Registration Link: Session ID 92812

February 16, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Q&A Session Registration Link: Session ID 92813

Grant Opportunities

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ESC 18 Support

If you are looking for some great support for your campus or district we are here for you at Region 18. All you have to do is put in a professional development request and our staff will work with you to create a support plan specifically for you.