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IDEA Public Schools Earns 3 As and a B on New TEA Accountability Rating System



IDEA Public Schools learned last week that the network of 51 schools serving nearly 30,000 students has earned three As and one B on TEA’s new A-F Accountability Rating System, which are due to be released on January 6, 2017.

The As were earned in Domain II (Student Progress), Domain III (Closing Performance Gaps), and Domain IV (Post-secondary Readiness). The B was earned in Domain I (Student Achievement.)

“We believe this is a fair and accurate representation of how we, at IDEA, are doing,” said Tom Torkelson, CEO of IDEA Public Schools. “We received 3 As and 1 B which is aligned with our internal assessment. The B was earned in Domain I (Student Achievement). As IDEA expands at a nearly 40% rate to serve more students in Texas and beyond, the majority of whom are one to two grade levels behind, it is imperative that we continue to develop new initiatives and programs to get students on grade level more quickly to support their education to and through college.”

“The ratings validate IDEA’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining the best teachers and leaders so that IDEA students have incredible educators encouraging their academic growth each and every day. This is the best thing we can do for our students,” added Torkelson.

“We are very proud to see the As in Domain II and Domain IV, specifically,” said Dolores Gonzalez, Chief Program Officer for IDEA Public Schools and recent recipient of Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From. “Two years ago, IDEA launched two key initiatives—Critical Student Intervention (CSI) which focuses our ensuring our most academically at-risk students are getting twice as much reading and/or math each day and AP For All which creates a college-like environment for students beginning in 6th grade. The results in these domains are a wonderful testament to the success of these programs.”

IDEA Public Schools supports the new A-F Accountability Rating System and encourages more districts and schools to embrace this new accountability system and the transparency it provides our families and communities. 

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