To help parents, educators, and community members understand how their local schools were performing, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) began to assign A-F grades and rankings to all Texas public schools in 2006. C@R used this annual analysis to spark conversations on the quality of public education and push the state to adopt more transparent and rigorous accountability standards. In 2017, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 22. This law required the state to adopt its own A-F school rating system. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the first grades under this system in 2019.
C@R supports the state’s move to an A-F rating system that is easier for parents to understand and access. To ensure the state’s grades remain an honest reflection of school quality, C@R will continue to assign school rankings and A-F grades to all Texas public schools and advocate for higher accountability standards. Although C@R and TEA use similar information to calculate grades, each uses different weights & formulas. Schools can potentially receive a higher rating and grade under TEA’s system. The infographics below explores these differences in more detail.


C@R weights student achievement on standardized tests, student growth, a school’s relative performance, and college readiness (high schools only) equally into a combined overall grade.
For greater detail on how C@R Grades schools download our full methodology report below.



For greater detail on how TEA grades schools visit their A-F resources page linked below.

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