Accountability

The ջ evaluates public schools and districts under state accountability requirements. In this section, you will find information about a district’s accreditation status, financial accountability and state accountability ratings and standards.

ջ accredits public schools in Texas at the district level for grades K-12. The Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions section of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) states howaccreditation statuseswill be determined and assigned to school districts. Those statuses are defined asAccredited, Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation,andNot Accredited-Revoked. The TAC rules also establish accreditation standards and sanctions, including definitions, purpose and oversight appointments.

The state's schoolfinancial accountabilityrating system, known as theSchool Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas(FIRST), ensures thatTexas publicschools andchartersare held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices.

The Texas Legislature in 1993 enacted statutes that mandated the creation of the Texas public school accountability system to rate school districts and evaluate campuses. Ourstate accountability pagehas information available about our statewide accountability rating system, the Texas Academic Performance Reports, school report cards, and the 2012-2013 Texas Performance Reporting System.