The Science and Engineering magnet High School in Dallas is consistently ranked among the best schools in the country by Newsweek magazine. But, the DISD is being criticized for its rule requiring Science and Engineering students to sign a contract to take Advanced Placement courses, to be paid for by their parents.
The Dallas Morning News says students who don’t sign risk probation or removal. Texas Education Agency officials are now checking to see if the contract conflicts with state law. DISD officials say they’ve checked the rules, and they are in compliance.
A major issue is the fact that Newsweek magazine bases its ratings solely on advanced testing numbers.
The DISD’s Talented and Gifted School is #1 on the list, and does not require students to sign a testing contract.