If a students fails the reading or math portion of TAKS, but is projected to pass in the coming years, the school will receive credit for that progress.
The Texas Education Agency expects fewer "unacceptable" ratings for hundreds of districts that failed in the No Child Left Behind ratings.
Students who come into a school below grade level will now have their projected progress, using classroom data, play a part in overall assessment. That allows schools to measure how well the child is doing, as opposed to a snap shot of how they did during the one-day TAKS test.
Texas is one of 15 states approved to use the growth model.
The state legislature will consider adopting the growth model for state accountability measurement as well.
Abilene ISD missed the state's yearly performance marks on reading and math.
The Texas Education Agency's "Adequate Yearly Progress" is measured on TAKS scores, graduation rates and attendance.