Texas Districts Using Community-Based Accountability Systems

Amarillo ISD

Amarillo ISD’s Profile of a Graduate is a collaboration between district leadership and the community to address the challenges of graduates and employers in the 21st century. In a series of brainstorming sessions, more than 60 community leaders representing at least 18 local industries and career fields came together, along with the district’s executive directors, high school principals, school board members, and students. Their challenge was to identify the skills and characteristics necessary to build the dynamic workforce the Amarillo community needs. Learn more.

Clear Creek ISD

Since polling its community and finding collective agreement among educators, parents, business and civic leaders, and school board members that the pathway to realize the district's mission is not beholden solely on improved results on Texas’ standardized student assessments, Clear Creek ISD has been leading the way in advocating for and on behalf of communities across Texas to create their own local reporting systems.

The CCISD community told district leaders that student success, in their community, is measured by what happens every day, in every school; the amount of human and financial resources invested in providing students varied opportunities; and the level of public trust and community involvement. CCISD now issues its annual Community-based Accountability Report to provide the community with a true reflection of how the school district is doing in those areas that are most important to the community.

College Station ISD

How is student success measured in College Station ISD? Not solely with STAAR scores. The district's community-based accountability system is based on its ability to: recruit, develop, and retain qualified and dedicated staff; provide a challenging, relevant, engaging, and aligned curriculum; provide an array of services, programs, and opportunities to meet the needs of students; create classroom and campus cultures that involve families; and commit to responsible use of taxpayer dollars. Learn more from this video:

Huntsville ISD

In fall 2016, Huntsville ISD engaged 1,000-plus members of the community in a series of events designed to lead to the development of a strategic plan and community-based accountability system. District leaders recently provided this update to the community on the progress they are making together toward identifying the community’s beliefs, values, and priorities related to the education of their children.

Northwest ISD

During the 2012-13 school year, a committee of Northwest ISD students, parents, community members, staff, and administrators identified community values and proposed measures of success in the school district. They included student achievement in areas including SAT/ACT scores, internships, college scholarships, dual-credit courses, volunteer and community outreach, community partnerships, and more. The NISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Community-Based Accountability Measures of Success in June 2013. Visit the NISD Community Dashboard, a website that provides student, staff, and district operational data in one location.

Sunnyvale ISD

Since 2015, Sunnyvale ISD has presented parents and other members of its community with an annual report that provides information related to student performance that extends beyond standardized test scores. The district has designed its own rating system that "honors the whole Sunnyvale child" by evaluating the district's performance at a higher standard than those required by the state and by including items of importance to the community. The Sunnyvale ISD rating system was created with the intent of accurately reporting to the community what students are achieving regularly - from academic progress and future-readiness, to their extracurricular endeavors, and even parental and community involvement.

  • 2016 Sunnyvale ISD Community Report

    by Sunnyvale ISD Year Published: 2016
    Sunnyvale ISD reports to its community on measures the community has indicated it values: future-readiness; 21st-century skills/workforce development; instructional practices; fine arts; extra- and co-curricular/wellness; community and parent involvement; special populations; Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data; and STAAR data. Download the 2016 community report.
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CBAS Process and Framework Guide


    CBAS Report


    A Process and Framework for Community-Based Accountability is a document intended to help Texas school districts jump-start implementation of a local community-based accountability system (CBAS).

    The Process portion presents questions that district leaders can ask to help guide themselves through development and implementation. The Framework portion provides tips on what to include in a local CBAS. Although there is no "template" (a district's CBAS should be developed through a process so it is a true reflection of the community), there are important core, common considerations.