Spring Hill ISD

A-F Accountability Ratings

State Accountability Ratings

Panther Nation,

What's in a Grade?

The TEA released the new A-F Ratings today and I am pleased to announce that SHISD received an "A". I am also happy to report that all campuses received a rating of "Met Standard" accompanied by several campus distinctions. I am very happy with this A Rating because I know how hard the staff has worked to make sure each and every child is successful and this rating is one indicator of the incredible efforts of the SHISD Staff.

“Achieving an A rating reflects the hard work and commitment of everyone within a school district, starting with our classroom teachers. We should all celebrate the outstanding work of these dedicated educators,” said Commissioner Morath. “With strong instruction and curriculum, all students can succeed.”

That, however, does not tell the whole story. There are many factors that go into what makes a school effective and the A-F accountability is just one of those. It is a complicated system using thousands of calculations wrapped up in one letter grade. The new A-F gives more weight on what each district does well, as past accountability systems placed more emphasis on the greatest weaknesses of a district. The new system also aligns better with our mission as a district because of its focus on academic growth and college and career readiness for every student.

Spring Hill ISD prides itself on the excellent educational environment we provide our students. We strive to fulfill our vision to be a Premier School District so we expect high academic ratings, however, standardized tests are not all that we are about and a letter grade rating based on standardized testing does not tell the whole story. Yes, our test scores are good, but we are so much more than that.

We are committed to fulfilling each child's intellectual, creative, and physical potential. We take great pride in the empowerment of well-rounded students that excel in the classroom and the community. We want all of our students to achieve at high levels and plan with the purpose to fulfill each child's goals so that they can succeed in life beyond school, not test scores. That is what we work toward every day. I believe that public schools should be celebrated, not labeled.

What we need is everyone to call upon the state to create a more meaningful accountability system that takes into account local and community measures. One that is based more on what we want for our students and less on one test.

As I reflect on our rating, I want my staff to celebrate the journey. Remember the hard work and collaborative efforts of our staff, students, and parents. You have made a difference for the students of SHISD. I continue to be very proud of what is happening in this district. I also want to express my appreciation for the oversight, guidance, and support of the SHISD Board of Trustees and the leadership of our campus principals and the efforts of our staff. Together we are a great team and we are all BETTER IN BLUE!

With Great Pride,

Steven Snell, Superintendent

Want to learn more about the TEA Rating System? See below

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10 - Minute Video on the State Accountability System