By Edwards, Kim
The Texas Education Code requires all districts and charters to evaluate their own performance, as well as that of each of their campuses, in the area of community and student engagement. Districts must assign—both to themselves and to each of their campuses—one of four performance ratings: Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable. Additionally districts and campuses must report to the agency which three CaSE components will be evaluated and the criteria that will be used for that evaluation before the beginning of each school year. All reporting will occur through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)/Texas Student Data System (TSDS). Because current statute requires CaSE ratings to be used for academic accountability beginning in the 2017–18 school year, the first time that districts and campuses must report their three chosen CaSE components and the criteria for assigning letter grades is June 2017 as part of the Summer PEIMS Submission. These criteria were evaluated by each campus and district site-based decision making committee based on evidence presented through programs and activities occurring during the 2016-17 school year.