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Frequently Asked Questions
About the 2012-13 Texas Academic Performance Reports

General Information

Q: Is this a new report? I've never heard of the TAPR.

A: No. The TAPR was previously known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report. Those reports were published from 1990-91 to 2011-12. Archived AEIS reports may be found at the AEIS Archive.

Q: Why did the name change?

A: Due to changes in legislation, the performance report formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) report is now the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR).

Q: What is the difference between the TAPR and the School Report Card?

A: The School Report Card contains a small subset of the information provided on the TAPR. The School Report Cards for 2012-13 will be published in January 2014.

Q: Where is the financial section of the report? The AEIS had a financial section with information on revenues and expenditures.

A: The financial section of these reports is now created by the Division of School Finance at TEA. When viewing a TAPR online, you will see a link to PEIMS Financial Standard Reports/2011-2012 Financial Actual Report at the end of the TAPR. This will link directly to the finance information for that school or district.

The website for all financial reports is http://www.tea.state.tx.us/financialstandardreports/.

Q: When are these reports published each year?

A: The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) are produced and put online in the fall of each year.

Q: Do these reports exist for private schools?

A: No, Texas Academic Performance Reports are produced only for public schools. The Texas Education Agency receives very little information from private schools. For information on those schools contact the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission  at (903) 643-8770.

Q: Does TEA rank schools based on performance?

A: The Texas Education Agency does not rank-order schools or districts. We do assign accountability ratings to each school and district based on their performance. For more information about ratings, see the Accountability website. Additionally, there are a number of other district-level reports that are accessible through the TEA website. TEA's Division of School Finance creates the District Performance Summary Reports with rank-ordered data for districts on various indicators.

For Parents

Q: We are moving to Texas and want to find the best school for our kids. Can you help?

A: The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR) provide a great deal of performance information about every public school and district in the state. These reports also provide extensive profile information about students, staff, and programs.

We recommend that you narrow your search to neighborhoods you like and then print reports for the schools there. Once you have this background information we suggest that you contact the principal and/or counselor of each school to get a more complete picture of the school. For names and addresses, see the Texas Education Directory.

Q: I'd like to find a school district on a map. Do you have a map to districts?

A: Yes. TEA's School District Locator provides a map of Texas that you can use for finding a specific district. Also, some internet mapping services will locate schools or districts according to zip code or city name.

Q: How do Texas schools compare to schools in other states?

A: The Texas Education Agency does not have information to report about other states. However, there are several sites that do provide reports comparing different states' performance. Among them are the National Center for Education Statistics (which produces the Nation's Report Card), the National Education Association (which produces Rankings & Estimates), and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

For Educators

Q: How are students tested in accelerated grades included in the percent passing STAAR by grade for each subject area?

A: The TAPR shows the percent of students who passed the grade level test regardless of enrolled grade level. For example, a student enrolled in the third grade who has received accelerated instruction in mathematics may take the STAAR grade 3 reading test and grade 4 mathematics test.  In this case, the reading test results are reported in the STAAR percent at Phase-in 1 Level II or Above for grade 3 reading and the mathematics results are reported in the STAAR percent at Phase-in 1 Level II or Above for grade 4 mathematics.

Q: Are STAAR results for former or monitored English language learners (ELLs) included in the ELL student group results on the 2013 TAPR?

A: No, only STAAR results for ELL students identified as having limited English proficiency in the current school year (2012-13) are reported in the ELL student group on the 2013 TAPR.  The ELL student group does not include the performance results of former or monitored ELL students.

Q: Are STAAR results for certain ELL students excluded from all STAAR performance indicators based on the student’s number of years in U.S. schools?

A: Yes, the STAAR performance indicators do not include results for ELL students in their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools.  For the 2012-13 TAPR only, STAAR results for ELL students in their second or third year in U.S. schools are also not included since 2013 was a transitional year to the inclusion of ELL student results based on the new ELL Progress Measure that will be reported for the first time in 2014.  

Q: Which STAAR performance indicators on the 2013 TAPR do not include the results of ELL students in their first, second, or third years in U.S. schools?

A: The following STAAR indicators reported on the general performance and/or the Bilingual Education/English as a Second Language performance sections do not include the results of ELL students in their first, second, or third years in U.S. schools.

  • STAAR by grade performance
  • STAAR Percent Met or Exceeded Progress
  • Progress of Prior Year STAAR Failers
  • Student Success Initiative (SSI)

Q: Which ELL students are included in other TAPR performance indicators that are not based on the STAAR assessment, such as the college admissions results, advanced course/dual enrollment completion rates, etc.?

A: For these indicators, ELL students currently identified as having limited English proficiency are reported in the ELL student group regardless of the students’ number of years in U.S. schools.

Q: Which ELL students are included in the dropout and longitudinal graduation rates?

A: Only ELL students currently identified as having limited English proficiency are reported in the ELL student group for these indicators regardless of the students’ number of years in U.S. schools.  Note that dropout and longitudinal graduation rates used for the 2013 state accountability ratings included ELL students who were classified as having limited English proficiency at any time in high school, even if they had exited the LEP program in high school and were no longer considered ELL students.

Q: I just tried to run a report and got an "ERROR" or "TIMEOUT" message.

A: On occasion, our server experiences problems, or may be down briefly for upgrades. Please try to run your report again later. This problem will also result if you try running a report when we are receiving an overwhelming number of hits, such as when accountability ratings are released. At times like this we get hundreds of thousands of hits a day. Please be patient and try back later. If the problem persists, you may contact us at performance.reporting@tea.state.tx.us.


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