Community and Student Engagement Ratings

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Background

In the 2017-18 school year and beyond, the Tesxas Education Administration (TEA) requires each school district to select three Community and Student Engagement (CaSE) components, draft local objectives, and evaluate annual progress towards those goals. Specific requirements appear on the TEA accountability website.

Of the eight potential components:

  • Fine Arts
  • Wellness and Physical Education
  • Community and Parental Involvement
  • 21st Century Workforce Development Program
  • Second Language Acquisition Program
  • Digital Learning Environment
  • Dropout Prevention Strategies
  • Educational Program for GT students

KAPS selected:

  • 21st Century Workforce Development Program
  • Community and Parental Involvement
  • Wellness and Physical Education

The three components that KAPS will focus on for self-evaluation and ratings are those that closely align to our mission and aspects of our school models that we have prioritized over the years. This selection does not discount the focus and work that goes into supporting the remaining five components. In our selection of components to report on and in the rubric development the Texas Association of School Administrators Possible Criteria was used as a resource.

Each school and the district will use the following rubric to evaluate progress in each of the three indicators on an A-F scale. The scale used in 2017 accountability is also provided as a reference so that past ratings can be used as a comparison for growth.

Letter Grade Previous Rating* 21st Century Workforce Development Program
(Focus on College Readiness Measures)
A Exemplary Campus meets all indicators for a rating of C and one or more of the following for schools serving grades K-8 and two or more of the following for schools serving grades 9-12:

  • Evidence of programs to support First Generation College Students (K-12)
  • Programs to promote family knowledge around saving for college and college finances (K-12)
  • Students assigned advocates / mentors and / or college mentors
  • 50% or more of students participating in an AP course and taking the AP exam (9-12, KAPS)
  • 50% or more of students completing 1st year of post-secondary education (9-12, KAPS)
  • Mentoring / tutoring provided through community partnerships
  • Project Based Learning (PBL)
B Recognized Campus meets all indicators for a rating of C and two or more of the following:

  • Celebration of honor roll/academic achievement (K-12) and evidence of National Honor Society (9-12)
  • Programs to promote student investment in college (K-12)
  • Programs to promote family knowledge and investment in college (K-12)
  • Student leadership opportunities / Student Council (K-12)
  • Open enrollment AP courses available (9-12) and pre–AP courses available (5-12)
  • Dual Credit and / or dual enrollment opportunities available (9-12)
  • 80% or more of students admitted to colleges, tech. school, military after graduation (9-12, KAPS)
  • School-wide ACT test and preparation for ACT opportunities (9-12)
C Acceptable Campus meets all indicators that are required for a rating of D and at least three indicators below:

  • College Day(s)(eg. college representatives visiting campuses and students going on college visits)
  • Opportunities to participate in college pennant ceremonies and/or college dress days
  • Job Shadowing opportunities and / or take your child to work day programs
  • Career exploration opportunities available and/or College and Career Readiness Fair
  • College students who are former grads return to talk to students
  • Evidence of community / business partnerships preparing students for postsecondary success
  • Student led organization opportunities
D Unacceptable Campus meets only three of the indicators below (excluding those not relevant to the grade levels served):

  • Opportunities for students to receive tutoring
  • Review of assessment data for STAAR advanced achievement
  • Clear sequences of courses in each subject area
  • High School courses offered to middle school students (5-8)
  • Personal graduation plans (9-12)
F Unacceptable Campus meets non or only one or two of the indicators below (excluding those not relevant to the grade levels served):

  • Opportunities for students to receive tutoring
  • Review of assessment data for STAAR advanced achievement
  • Clear sequences of courses in each subject area
  • High School courses offered to middle school students (5-8)
  • Personal graduation plans (9-12)

* Note that the correlation to previous ratings are not provided by TEA and were created locally by KIPP Austin to support comparison. The previous rating of not applicable is no longer an option because a district may not choose to self rate on an indicator that is not applicable.

Letter Grade Previous Rating* Community and Parental Involvement
A Exemplary Campus meets the criteria for a rating of B AND also two or more of the following:

  • Student Principal’s Advisory Committee
  • Activities related to Student Council/Government
  • Education partnerships with community members / groups /  business / charities, etc.
  • Art, Science and/or Project based Expos open to families and / or the community
B Recognized Campus meets the criteria for a rating of C and two or more of the following:

  • PTA / PTO / Parent or Family committees involvement at district and campus levels
  • Extracurricular events that include and encourage community involvement
  • Opportunities for families to meet with school leaders informally (coffee, lunch, etc.)
  • College / Career counseling programs and / or Activities related to college /career fairs (assemblies with businesses, higher ed)
C Acceptable Campus meets all indicators that are required for a rating of D and at least four indicators below:

  • New Student / Family orientation and/or back to school orientations for all students
  • “Meet the Teacher” opportunities
  • Climate surveys of parents, community members, etc.
  • Use of newsletters to communicate with parents, community members, etc.
  • Partnerships with Educational Foundations at the campus or district level
  • Opportunities for field trips to museums, theaters, opera, etc.
  • End of year programs including parents – highlighting successes of students
  • One or more volunteer opportunities for families and / or the community coordinated by district / campuses
D Unacceptable Campus meets only two of the indicators below:

  • Materials and training provided in multiple languages to parents and community
  • Required posting notices timely filed on the district website
  • Documentation of IEP, Personal Graduation, 504 plans
F Unacceptable Campus meets non or only one of the indicators below.

  • Materials and training provided in multiple languages to parents and community
  • Required posting notices timely filed on the district website
  • Documentation of IEP, Personal Graduation, 504 plans

* Note that the correlation to previous ratings are not provided by TEA and were created locally by KIPP Austin to support comparison. The previous rating of not applicable is no longer an option because a district may not choose to self rate on an indicator that is not applicable.

Letter Grade Previous Rating* Wellness and Physical Education
A Exemplary Campus meets the criteria for a rating of B AND also two or more of the following:

  • Community and family fitness events outside of the school day or in addition to a school day to promote wellness (eg. family fun run)
  • Open Gym outside of the traditional school day
  • Life Skills classes offerings (if Gain program on campus)
B Recognized Campus meets all indicators for a rating of C and two or more of the following:

  • PE, or PE aligned (eg. dance), course offerings in all grade levels
  • Student access to recess opportunities
  • Safe playground equipment (K-4) or athletic spaces (5-12)
C Acceptable Campus meets all three indicators below.

  • Meet required minutes of recess or PD per week
  • Notice of required immunizations
  • Compliance with state and federal nutrition requirements
D Unacceptable Campus meets only two of the indicators below.

  • Meet required minutes of recess or PE per week
  • Notice of required immunizations
  • Compliance with state and federal nutrition requirements
F Unacceptable Campus meets non or only one of the indicators below.

  • Schedule for each grade level meets required minutes of recess or PE per week (K-8)
  • Notice of required immunizations
  • Compliance with state and federal nutrition requirements

* Note that the correlation to previous ratings are not provided by TEA and were created locally by KIPP Austin to support comparison. The previous rating of not applicable is no longer an option because a district may not choose to self rate on an indicator that is not applicable.