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AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1. Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses. Among the submitted data are the numbers of displaced students and teachers and the impact on local school facilities and instructional time. Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June represents a change to storm-related accountability adjustments when compared to prior storms in Texas due to the extraordinary magnitude and unique impact of the storm.

The adjustments provide the necessary reprieve from accountability while also ensuring that student outcomes continue to be the focus in Texas, the TEA said. Districts and charters were given several opportunities to submit information regarding students, teachers and facilities throughout the school year, the TEA said.


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