KIPP Aspire and New Frontiers charter schools earn three state distinctions

As mentioned in this earlier post, the Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of school accountability ratings. To highlight the top-performing schools in the state, the TEA released a list of schools that were rated “met standard” and also earned all… Continue Reading

Five San Antonio charter schools tagged “improvement required” under new state accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of accountability ratings for Texas school districts and campuses. This is the first set of ratings based on STAAR standardized testing data. (See this earlier post for a discussion of previous ratings.)… Continue Reading

Closed door discussions on education reform bills SB2 (charter schools) and HB5 (standardized testing)

I mentioned earlier that the charter school bill—SB2—is in the hands of a conference committee. Reports from Austin say that both SB2 and HB5, a bill to modify standardized testing requirements, are both being negotiated among members of the House, Senate, and… Continue Reading

Mom says “I love high stakes testing”

Washington Post columnist Esther J. Cepeda recently went to parent-teacher conferences  and brought home the standardized testing results. I laid the papers out on the kitchen table: Lengthy, detailed progress reports showing the grade and weight of each quiz and… Continue Reading

SA Ready: materials for STAAR prep and college-and-career readiness

SA Ready is open for business. According to the website: SA Ready is a free platform that gives teachers access to high quality lesson plans and teaching resources. Developed in partnership between Generation TX San Antonio and Educational Policy Improvement Center… Continue Reading

Departing commissioner Robert Scott predicts backlash against standardized testing

Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka interviewed Robert Scott on his last day (July 2) as commissioner and summarized the standardized testing debate. “The Big Test”, Paul Burka, Texas Monthly, August 2012. Burka asked Scott about his criticism of Texas’s standardized… Continue Reading

Excuses: school districts share STAAR results

In an impressive feat of diligence, a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, Maria Luisa Cesar, has rounded up STAAR standardized test results for nearly all of the public school districts in the San Antonio area. “Students’ STAAR English scores lagging”,… Continue Reading