Community and Student Engagement and Compliance (CSEC)
House Bill 5, passed into law at the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, created many positive changes for public education, including the establishment of a Community and Student Engagement and Compliance rating (CSEC) for schools. The new rating system gives schools an opportunity to perform a self-evaluation and take a close look at campus and district performance in eight categories of community and student engagement and one aspect of policy compliance.
The nine specific categories each school and district evaluate annually include:
Local committees must determine the criteria that will be used to rate each of these factors. While the Legislature did not specify who should participate or how often they should meet, the state did require districts to use the criteria developed to self-evaluate the organization and each respective campus. A rating must then be assigned to the district and each campus, fitting the following ranking for each of the nine categories: recognized, acceptable or unacceptable.
A district-wide team assembled during the first week of February to work on the development of the rating criteria. The team divided into subcommittees, one for each of the required categories, and recruited representatives from campuses and the community to further develop and refine this rating system.
More than 130 students, staff and community members participated in the development of the rubrics Bryan ISD’s CSEC ratings. Committees met throughout the spring semester and created draft rubrics that were shared with campus leadership for feedback. The District Educational Improvement Committee (comprised of teachers, community members and parents) reviewed drafts and offered feedback, as well. In June 2014, the district completed a review of the ratings and made plans to phase in additional indicators in some of the categories for the 14-15 school year.
Rubrics utilized for the 14-15 school year are available below along with ratings by campus and category.