Mexia school hears presentation about evaluation, accountability

By Skip Leon
Mexia ISD school board members received state-required training on Texas Senate Bill 1566 at the administration building Thursday night.
The bill, which took effect Sept. 1, 2017, has to do with the powers and duties of school boards. All school board members in the state are required to receive the training by Sept. 1, 2018.
The presentation by Region 12 Service Center field agents Glenn Pittman and Stephanie Kucera dealt mostly with evaluation and accountability. The nearly three-hour program was interactive with the presenters asking questions of board members and chances for board members to talk among themselves regarding specific assignments.
Pittman began by saying the discussion would include progress monitoring, accountability and implementation.
One difference in the coming year will be the way the Texas Education Agency grades school districts on accountability. The evaluation format will shift from a pass/fail type to a multi-tiered type.
School districts will now received grades ranging from “A” to “F.” In the past there were just two grades – meets standard or unacceptable, improvement required. Kucera pointed out that in the new system, only an “F” will be deemed unacceptable.

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