The RER Scorecard Average
The RER Score is created by taking the average of six scores a legislator has earned over the last two legislative sessions. RER uses the scores of three, well-respected conservative advocacy groups to calculate the average. The three orgs are: EmpowerTexans (Fiscal Responsibility Index), Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT), and Texas Eagle Forum (TEF).
The Fiscal Responsibility Index only takes into account the fiscal conservativeness of a legislator based on votes dealing with, obviously, money issues.
YCT & TEF scores are based on a more comprehensive evaluation of the votes a legislator records.
If a legislator has completed only one term, their score will reflect only the three scores they earned for that session from the conservative advocacy groups.
In 2011, EmpowerTexans assigned letter scores instead of numeric scores. RER replaced the letter scores with a numberic score. For example: if a legislator earned a D+, RER would replace with the numeric score of 67. An A- would be a 93.
Any legislator that scored an F on the Fiscal Responsibility Index in 2011 was given the generic score of 30. This will result in some scores being elevated (namely Democrat legislators whose scores generally fall below 30), and the lowering of the average of some legislators whose failing grade was actually higher than 30. But, a failing grade, to be sure.
Legislators RER Scorecard Averages 2013-14
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