In annual accountability ratings released August 15 by the Texas Education Agency, Dripping Springs ISD received an “A” rating for the second consecutive year. The rating system was implemented in 2018; last year only districts received letter grades. This year schools also received letter grades. Dripping Springs High School and Sycamore Springs Middle School have been assigned “A”s; Dripping Springs Middle School and all four DSISD elementary schools received “B”s.
The state ratings are determined by three factors: Student Achievement, School Progress, and “Closing the Gaps.” Student Achievement is measured solely by STAAR test results at the elementary and middle school level. College, career and military readiness as well as graduation rate are factored in for high schools. School Progress measures academic growth and relative performance on STAAR tests. Closing the Gaps looks at multiple factors (academic achievement, federal graduation or growth status, English language proficiency, and school quality or student success) for all students and also for several student sub-groups.