Posted: Jan 9, 2014 8:33 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2014 10:03 PM
AUSTIN - State education authorities reported the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from last year. They say it's because of newer, higher standards.
The list released by TEA Thursday includes a total of 892 schools. Last year, 456 was reported.
DeEtta Culberson of Texas Education Agency said the number of schools that are included in the list tends to rise when changes are made.
According to the AP, to be included in the PEG list, at least half of a school's students have to have failed the accountability tests in two of the three previous years or be rated academically unacceptable in 2011 or Improvement Required last year. Those are the lowest categories in the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test that was implemented in 2013.
When a school is included in the list, its students are allowed to transfer to other campuses and even to different district. Schools receiving incoming students from PEG-list campuses receive 10 percent more funding for each of those students.
The new accountability system was implemented in August of 2013, and it focuses on student overall achievement and student progress as well as how well schools help disadvantaged student groups close the performance gaps. It also measures the level of readiness schools give students for when they enter college or the workforce.