A U.S. Department of Education review finds problems with Texas’ ability to spot school districts cheating on statewide tests.
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In the high-stakes world of school accountability, the line between cheating and smart management isn’t always clear.
In response to a damning audit, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams says TEA will get serious with those who cheat the accountability system.
Former El Paso ISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is still in federal prison, but the cheating scandal he began is still rippling through school districts on the Mexican border, most recently into McAllen.
House Bill 5, Perry said, “strikes an appropriate balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and the student’s need for flexibility, a balance between our needs for accountability and the appropriate level of testing in the classroom.”
Late on the session’s next-to-last day, the House passed the session’s two biggest education bills, expanding charter schools and cutting high school testing.
The Senate Education Committee took up a proposal to eliminate the STAAR writing test for 4th and 7th graders as well. Lawmakers also hinted at an interim study on the state’s process for developing the standards those tests are based on.
After a delay Friday, the Senate finally passed House Bill 5, the session’s big education bill limiting state testing in high school and altering high school graduation plans.
After getting overwhelming approval from the House—and then sitting for a few weeks—a bill bringing big changes to Texas’ testing and graduation requirements is on the move again.
After hearing more than 100 amendments, only Rep. Mark Strama (Austin-D) and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso-D) voted against HB 5.