Accountability Ratings and Reports
The Texas Education Agency produces annual accountability ratings for Texas school districts and schools. Starting in 2018, an A-F scale was applied to districts and campuses were rated as either "Met Standard" or "Improvement Required." Dripping Springs ISD was one of 121 districts statewide that received an "A" rating based on a numerical score of 92. All seven DSISD schools Met Standard in the rating system.
The designations are based on student achievement on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests administered each spring, student progress (improvement), success in closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness (for districts and high schools only). Rather than being compared with all schools statewide in determining if distinctions were earned, campuses were compared with similar campuses, and had to be ranked in the top quartile. Dripping Springs Elementary earned distinctions in Science and Comparative Academic Growth, while Sycamore Springs Middle School earned a distinction in Science. COmplete information on the state accountability results can be found at: txschools.org.
An element that was added to the Texas rating system in 2013 requires districts to develop a method for evaluating themselves as a whole and each individual campus, based on nine criteria: fine arts; wellness and physical education; community and parental involvement; 21st Century Workforce Development program; second language acquisition program; digital learning environment; dropout prevention strategies; educational programs for gifted and talented students; and the record of the district and campus regarding compliance with statutory reporting requirements. A summary chart of student and community engagement ratings for DSISD and all five campuses includes ratings on all categories.
In addition to state accountability ratings, Dripping Springs ISD shares Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district's campuses; these also are available on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.
Those who have difficulty accessing this report of have questions about the information it contains should contact the campus principal or the DSISD Office of Learning and Innovation.