Last year the Fort Worth Independent School District had 28 schools on the “needs improvement” list. This year there are only 24.
The Texas Education Agency says 92 percent of districts and nearly 85 percent of Texas schools meet the state’s minimum standards.
The Texas Education Agency will roll out a new accountability system for districts and schools this year that may not bring many immediate surprises but will change how many schools are rated in the long run.
The state’s top education official says he will direct Texas to rate schools and school districts based on letter grades A through F starting next year.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams says Texas’ system for rating schools should rely in part on how well districts close achievement gaps between minority and white students.