Evaluating Community & Student Engagement
Chris Tassos
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The state has added a new component to its accountability system: evaluating Texas school districts and individual campuses on how well they engage the community and students. 

About the new system

  • The 83rd Texas Legislature, through House Bill 5 (HB 5), added Section 39.0545 to the Texas Education Code (TEC).  
  • This section requires school districts to evaluate performance in community and student engagement, as well as in compliance with state reporting requirements, for the District as a whole and for each of its campuses.  
  • For the evaluation, districts must use criteria developed by a local committee and must assign an overall rating and a rating for each criteria at both the District and campus levels.  
  •  Ratings must be publicly reported no later than Aug. 8 of each year.

Factors used in the evaluation

The following factors were used in evaluating NSCISD's performance in community and student engagement:

  1. 21st-century workforce development programs
  2. Second-language acquisition programs
  3. Community and parental involvement
  4. Digital learning environment
  5. Dropout prevention strategies
  6. Fine arts
  7. Gifted & talented programs
  8. Wellness and physical education
  9. History of compliance with statutory reporting requirements 

What are the ratings categories?

There are five possible ratings a District and individual campuses can receive for Factors 1-8. They are: Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable, Unacceptable or Not Applicable.

A rating label of Yes or No will be assigned for Factor 9, history of compliance with statutory reporting requirements.

NSCISD Top 3 Areas

Middle School and District

Fine Arts

Digital Learning Environment

Dropout Prevention Strategies