HB5 included a local evaluation requirement that is frequently referred to as the community engagement component. This requirement is an opportunity for the district to showcase areas of excellence and success as well as recognize areas in need of improvement and set future goals valued in the community.
The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses in the district based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545). The law requires that each district and each campus be assigned a rating of:
Ratings must be reported annually to TEA through PEIMS, and made publicly available by August 8 of each year beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
Each district is required to use criteria set by a local committee to evaluate the district/campus performance for each of eight categories and provide an answer (yes or no) for the compliance category. Klein's local committees were comprised of district employees, parents, and community members. The eight categories include:
dropout prevention strategies
community and parent involvement
gifted and talented
21st century workforce development
digital learning environment
wellness and physical education
2nd language acquisition