The RDA is a local education agency (LEA) level, data-driven monitoring system developed and implemented annually by the Division of Review and Support in coordination with other departments within the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
The Guiding Principles of the RDA consist of:
Principle 1: Partnership and transparency with stakeholders
Principle 2: Drives Improved Results and High Expectations
Principle 3: Protects Children and Families
Principle 4: Differentiated Incentives and Supports to LEAs
Principle 5: Responsive to Needs
Due to changes in monitoring structures and requirements for certain federal and state programs, and to eliminate duplication of monitoring activities, some program areas have been removed from the RDA report. Those include Career and Technical Education (CTE) indicators, Title I -Part A, and Migrant. These programs continue to be monitored through Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reporting and requirements. Other Special Populations (OSP) has been added.
Current program areas include:
- Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, and English Learner (BE/ESL/EL)
- Other Special Populations (OSP) – (inclusive of students in Foster Care, experiencing homelessness, or Military-Connected) NEW
- Special Education (SPED)
The 2020 RDA manual includes several key changes from 2019. Overall, the format of the RDA manual has changed. Indicator grouping under three identified domains has created a shift in some indicators to be reordered and numbered.
- Domain I captures indicators of Academic Achievement
- Domain II captures indicators of Post-Secondary Readiness
- Domain III captures indicators of Disproportionate Analysis
* Unless otherwise noted, the term LEA includes open-enrollment charter schools.