For 2012, no state accountability ratings were assigned to Texas public schools and districts. For this reason, the requirements under TEC §39.361 Notice in Student Grade Report (formerly §39.251) and §39.362 Notice on District Website (formerly §39.252) are modified for the 2012-13 school year. Also, due to the lack of state assessment results for most grades and no accountability information, there are no School Report Cards for 2011-12. Schools will not be required to send reports home with the students.
TEC §39.361 Notice in Student Grade Report
For fall 2012, the most current campus performance rating is not required to be sent home with the first written notice of a student's performance that a school district gives during a school year.
Q: What does
TEC §39.361 and §39.362 require?
A: This law requires
districts to do the following:
- Requires districts by the 10th day of the new school year to
have posted on the district website the most current accountability
ratings, Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports,
and School Report Cards (SRC).
- Requires districts to include the most current campus performance
rating with the first student report card each year, along with
an explanation of the rating.
Q: What does this
law actually state?
A: This law is part
of Chapter 39 of the Texas Education Code. For the actual language,
please see Text
of TEC Subchapter L.
Q: Are there any
plans for the commissioner or the State Board of Education to adopt
rules implementing this statute?
A: No additional
requirements regarding how to implement this statute will be adopted
by the commissioner or board.
TEC §39.362 Notice on District Website
Q: What specifically
is “… the 10th day after the first day of instruction
of each school year…?”
A: This is the 10th
school day, or actual instructional day. It does not include weekends,
holidays, or other non-instructional days.
Q: What reports
need to be posted on our website as of the beginning of the 2012-13
A: For 2012-13, districts
- The most recent AEIS report for the district (the 2011-12 AEIS reports will be available in November 2012).
- The most recent School Report Card for each campus in the district (there is no 2011-12 School Report Card).
- The most recent Accreditation Status for the district, along with a definition and explanation of each Accreditation Status. For questions about Accreditation Status, contact the Division of Program Monitoring and Interventions at (512) 463-5226.
Q: How exactly are
we expected to post these reports?
A: The simplest way
would be to save the PDF version of each report to the district
server, and make those available through a link on your district
Q: We have limited
space on our servers and even more limited resources for maintaining
our website. Would it be possible to simply link to the TEA website
to comply with all of these requirements? This would also ensure
that we have the latest information and reports available for our
A: Yes, but you will
need to provide very specific instructions on how to find each report.
Please refer to the sample
web page for an example of text that explains how to
access the reports from the TEA website.
Q: What is the length
of time that these items remain on our website?
A: Since the legislation
does not have an expiration date, these items will be a permanent
addition to your website, updated as necessary. Please note that
you are not required to keep old reports on your site once new ones
are available for posting.
Q: Our district
does not currently have a website. Does this legislation require
that we create a district website?
A: No, the Notice
on District Website is required for districts that maintain an internet