In an effort to provide the Alief community with a transparent and comprehensive picture of how our campuses perform across eight specific areas, I am proud to inform you that Alief ISD earned an overall rating of Exemplary in the recently released Community and Student Engagement (CASE) ratings as required by the state of Texas. These ratings are officially released by the Texas Education Agency. I realize that many of you have never heard of the CASE ratings. It is my desire that the Alief community begin utilizing the CASE reports and ratings as a way to truly measure our campus and district performance.

What makes the CASE system unique, effective and much more accurate is the fact that each campus is rated on multiple aspects of the education experience our staff provides and our students’ experience. In my opinion, the CASE report is much more meaningful and useful to our students, teachers, parents and community members than a single test score. Meaningful community and student engagement is perhaps the most critical component that contributes to the overall success of students. All school districts in Texas are required to assign a performance rating of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable to the district and each campus for overall performance in eight categories.

I am pleased to share that Alief ISD earned an Exemplary rating in the categories of Fine Arts, 21st Century Workforce Development, Wellness and Physical Education, Community and Parental Involvement and Dropout Prevention. The district earned a Recognized rating in Gifted and Talented, Second Language Acquisition and Digital Learning.

As I mentioned, I genuinely believe that these community and student engagement ratings provide a much more comprehensive picture of the accomplishments of a school district as well as areas in need of improvement. I have said many times that a single test score does not give an accurate snapshot of how a campus or a school district is performing.

Please check the district website – for detailed ratings for each campus. I believe you will find these campus reports very interesting as well as informative. Please share the good news about these ratings with your friends and neighbors.

HD Chambers