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.
In addition to an overall rating, districts must assign to themselves and to each of their campuses a performance rating for the following categories:
Wellness and Physical Education
Community and Parental Involvement
21st Century Workforce Development Program
Second Language Acquisition Program
Digital Learning Environment
Dropout Prevention Strategies
Educational Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
Local committees determine the criteria that districts use to evaluate performance and performance ratings and to evaluate district compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.
Community and Student Engagement (CaSE) ratings are locally determined and not currently part of the state accountability rating system or the financial accountability rating system—known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Beginning with the 2017–2018 school year, Community and Student Engagement Ratings will be 10% of every district’s and campus’s academic accountability rating.