The connection between PEIMS and Accountability

The connection between PEIMS and Accountability

April 15, 2019 | PEIMS & Data Management

Without PEIMS it would be very difficult to calculate Accountability! A vast majority of the data used to determine a district’s accountability is pulled directly from your four mandatory PEIMS submissions each year. PEIMS data directly affects not only your district’s accountability but also your funding and compliance systems. Confirming the accuracy of your district’s PEIMS data is critical to ensuring that you are submitting a true account of the students served, and the services your district has provided them, throughout the year.

What are the different ways in which Texas School Districts are held Accountable?

There are many different types of accountability measures for Texas School Districts. Below are four of these individual systems considered to be a part of the school district accountability system.

State Accountability

Beginning in August of 2019 all campuses will receive an A-F rating for overall performance as well as performance in each the following three domains.

  • Student Achievement– evaluates performance across all subjects for all students on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career and Military Readiness indicators and graduation rates.
  • School Progress– measures district and campus outcomes in both the number of students that increased at least one year academically, or are on track, as measured by STAAR results AND the achievement of all students relative to districts and campuses with similar Economically Disadvantaged percentages.
  • Closing the Gap– uses disaggregated data to demonstrate differentials among multiple factors such as racial and ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. This domains construction and indicators align the state accountability system with the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Federal Accountability

The goal of Federal Accountability is to raise academic standards for all students and to measure student achievement by holding schools accountable for educational progress. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) supports State efforts to establish standards, develop assessments, and build accountability systems based on educational results. ESEA is commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, which is the most recent reauthorization. ESEA includes strict requirements to ensure that students served by Title I are given the same opportunity as other students to achieve high standards and that they are held to the same expectations as all of the other students in each State.

Performance Reporting

The Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) is an automated data system that reports annually on the performance of school districts in selected program areas. If noncompliance, student performance, or program effectiveness concerns are identified, districts are required to participate in intervention activities and may also be subject to additional sanctions and potentially an on-site review. The following are some of the program areas being monitored:

  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • Career and Technology (CTE)
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Special Education (SPED)
  • Discipline
  • Leavers
  • Assessments

Financial Integrity Rating System (FIRST)

The purpose of the Financial Accountability Rating System is to ensure that districts are being held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources. This system’s goal is to encourage districts to manage their financial resources better in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. This system will also disclose the quality of local management and decision-making processes that impact the allocation of financial resources.

For more information regarding Accountability please refer to the TEA Accountability website here.

Can the public access this information?

It is important to keep in mind that there are a wide variety of reports available to the public. These reports impact a family’s decision when determining what school to send their students to. As a school of choice Charter district it is imperative that the data in your PEIMS submissions and the data used to determine your district’s accountability is accurate and reflects the students, staff and programs offered in your district. There are three main categories of reports available on the TEA website, available here.

PEIMS Standard Reports

The PEIMS standard reports are broken down into three categories- Geographic Information, Student Reports and Staff Reports. Some of these reports comprise geographic information for each district and campuses within your district, while other reports contain listings of school districts by legislative districts. The student reports consist of information regarding high school graduates, student enrollment, ELL, SPED students and much more. The staff reports category includes information about superintendents, staff, and teachers employed by your district.

Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR)

The TAPR reports were previously known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Reports. Each year, these reports compile a wide range of information on the performance of students in each campus and district in Texas. The reports also provide information on campus and district staff, student programs, and student demographics. Student performance in the TAPR reports is shown disaggregated by student groups.

Snapshot School District Profiles

Snapshot School District Profiles does not contain any campus level information, instead Snapshot provides an overview of public education in Texas, at both the district and state level. Here you will find 100 data elements that you can either browse or download. Snapshot also combines your district’s data into summary tables based on specific characteristics. There is also a peer search function which allows a user to group districts according to characteristics that they share.

Bottom line

PEIMS may be submitted to TEA quarterly, but it is in fact something that is being worked on in your district every day. PEIMS data impacts your districts Accountability, Compliances Systems and Funding. Reporting verified accurate PEIMS data can also help charters avoid costly and time-consuming TEA interventions in the future.

Need some help?

Please contact CSS for a complimentary PEIMS assessment or for more information regarding the year-round PEIMS support package to ensure accurate and timely data submissions for your district!

Laura Jandle, PEIMS Director •