Requirement for Posting of Performance
Frequently Asked Questions

Updated December 15, 2023

Notice of Performance to the Public

Q: What does statute require of districts?

A: Texas Education Code requires the following:

  • TEC, §39.306, requires each board of trustees to publish an annual report describing the education performance of the district and each campus.
    • TAC §61.1022, indicates this hearing for public discussion of the Texas Academic Performance Report must be held within 90 calendar days of receiving the PDF TAPR. Winter breaks do not count toward the 90 days. Within two weeks following the public meeting, each district must widely publish its annual report, in the same format as it was received from TEA.  
  • TEC, §39.361, requires districts to state whether one or more of its campuses have been awarded a distinction designation or have been identified as an unacceptable campus and to provide an explanation of the significance of the information.
  • TEC, §39.362, requires districts to post on the district website by the 10th day of each school year (see Notice on District Website below):
    • the most recent campus report card (School Report Card [SRC]);
    • the most recent performance report (Texas Academic Performance Report [TAPR]);
    • the most recent accreditation status and performance rating of the district; and
    • a definition and explanation of each accreditation status by the 10th day of each school year.
  • TEC, §39.363, requires TEA to post the following by October 1 of each year:
    • The performance rating assigned to each district and campus
    • Each distinction designation awarded
    • The financial accountability rating assigned to each district

    At this time the 2023 accountability data is not released. The issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change.

Q: When the 2022-23 TAPR is published, does a public hearing take place?

A: Yes, statute requires that each district’s board of trustees hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s annual report. The TAPR is part of a district’s annual report. Commissioner rule indicates this hearing for public discussion must be held within 90 calendar days of receiving the PDF TAPR. Please see the 2022–23 TAPR Guidelines for more information.

Notice in Student Grade Report TEC, §39.361

Q: Do the campus accountability rating and distinction designations need to be printed on the student's report card?

A:This is a local decision. The law states that the first written notice of a student's performance that a school district gives during a school year must include a statement of whether the campus at which the student is enrolled has been awarded a distinction designation or has been identified as an unacceptable campus. Districts may choose to print this information on the student’s report card or provide this information via an insert or link to TXschools.gov or the 2022 Accountability Ratings System webpage. At this time the 2023 accountability data is not released. The issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change.

Q: The first report the campus sends home is not a report card but a status report. Does the accountability information need to be provided at that time

A: The statutory language is: “The first written notice of a student’s performance....” The district will have to make the decision in relation to the content of the status report. The first report sent that applies to all students and contains an evaluation of their academic performance in all subjects should be used.

Q: DoesTEA have a sample letter with a brief and clear explanation that we can use?

A:  Yes. The Texas Education Agency created the TXschools.gov Toolkit to help districts and campuses provide parents the information they need to better understand their child’s school rating. The Toolkit consists of working documents that districts and campuses can customize. We hope these tools are beneficial as you build your communication plans and messaging.

Notice on District Web Site TEC, §39.362

Q: What specifically is "...the 10th day after the first day of instruction of each school year...?"

A: This is the 10th school day, or actual instructional day. It does not include weekends, holidays, or other non-instructional days.

Q: Which reports need to be posted on the district website at the beginning of the school year?

A: For 2023–24, districts must post:

  • the 2021–22 TAPR for the district;
  • the 2021–22 SRC for each campus, the current accountability rating, and distinction designations (the issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change); and
  • an explanation of the school accountability ratings. TXschools.gov and the TXschools.gov Toolkit provide resources explaining district and campus. The issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change.

A: For 2024–25, districts must post:

  • the 2022–23 TAPR for the district;
  • the 2022–23 SRC for each campus, the current accountability rating, and distinction designations (the issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change); and
  • an explanation of the school accountability ratings. TXschools.gov and the TXschools.gov Toolkit provide resources explaining district and campus. The issuance of the A–F ratings under 2023 rule is pending and subject to change.

Q: How exactly should districts post these reports?

A: Usually, districts save a PDF version of each report to the district server and make them available through a link on the district website.

Q: How long must these items remain on our website?

A: Statute does not specify an expiration date, these items should follow local district policy for web postings and should be updated annually with the release of new reports.

Federal Report Cards

For information about the Federal Report Card and districts' responsibilities related to it, please visit the Title I, Part A webpage.