In 1993, the Texas Legislature mandated the creation of a public school accountability system to evaluate and rate school districts and campuses. A viable and effective accountability system was possible because the necessary infrastructure was already in place: a student-level data collection system, a state-mandated curriculum, and a statewide assessment program tied to the curriculum. This first accountability system remained in use until the 2001–02 school year.
House Bill (HB) 3, passed by the Texas legislature in 2009, redesigned the state assessment and accountability systems to focus on postsecondary readiness for all Texas public school students. Because of the transition to the current assessment program, state accountability ratings were not issued in 2012. TEA worked throughout 2012 with technical and policy advisory committees to develop the current accountability system based on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program. This accountability system uses a performance index framework to combine a broad range of indicators into a comprehensive measure of district and campus performance. The 2012–13 school year was the first year ratings were assigned based on STAAR results.
With the passage of HB 5 in 2013, the legislature added additional indicators of postsecondary readiness. The 2014 ratings included college-ready graduates, a new postsecondary readiness measure. The 2015 accountability system replaced college-ready graduates with an expanded postsecondary readiness measure that added students who earn credit for at least two advanced/dual-credit courses or enroll in a coherent sequence of career and technical education (CTE) courses. (2016 Accountability Manual)
For more detailed information regarding United ISD’s and individual campus performance, current and previous years’ Accountability Data Tables can be accessed through the use of the following drop-down menu. In addition, all of the reports in this section can be found on the TEA Division of Performance Reporting website or 2019 Accountability Rating System.