Lawmakers grilled Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams on the state’s stagnating test scores, suggesting the conversation hasn’t changed much since big reforms last year.
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Even before Greg Abbott made it a campaign issue, standardized testing for 4-year-olds was already tied up in business plans and state policy.
Two Waco parents have dramatically announced their plans to keep their son out of Texas’ state standardized tests next week.
A U.S. Department of Education review finds problems with Texas’ ability to spot school districts cheating on statewide tests.
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.