Ratings Expected To Have Longer List Of ‘Poorly Performing Schools’

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – School districts in North Texas and across the state are bracing for an unusually long list of poorly performing schools, when the district accountability ratings come out in two days.

A revision in rules by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) means a record number of academically unacceptable schools are expected to be on the list this year.

The TEA has revised accountability rules. Previously the Texas Projection Measure (TPM) was in place. It allowed schools to count as passing any student who failed a TAKS test if a mathematical formula showed that same student was projected to pass future tests.

Critics complained the TPM undermined the state’s rating system by making schools look better than they previously had, when in fact many had actually not improved at all.

Jackie Lain with the Texas Association of School Boards explained the TPM meant that, “Although a student didn’t meet the passing standard this year we believe that the student will meet the state standard on next year’s test.”

Lain says a lot of parents will be angry about the ratings and that may result in some voters rejecting school district bond issues, because of what they perceive as the failure of local schools.

“They’re gonna have a difficult time explaining to voters, who they’re going to have to persuade to pass a tax rate election, in some cases, to make up for the funding loss that they sustained as a result of the 82nd Legislative Session,” she said.

The TPM was used in calculations of academic performance during 2009 and 2010. After implementation of the measure, the number of schools ranked “exemplary” in 2010 jumped almost off the chart. With TPM there were 239 “exemplary” schools; that’s more than three times the number that would have received that rating without TPM.

The 2011 rating system will continue to include two other lesser-known measures, called requirement improvement and exceptions, that also allow schools to avoid meeting all of the passing standards outright.

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  1. Really Tired says:

    It is called the dumbing down of everything touched by the U.S. education system. Texans are almost at the bottom of the list in their education system. They keep changing the rules and the kids just don’t get the quality of education they did 40 or 50 years ago. They are only taught what is given on those stupid tests and are not taught what they really need to make it in life. Quit teaching them to pass a specific test and teach them how to balance their checkbook and how to make change without looking at the cash register to do it. That is what they need to be learning.

    1. 2sister says:

      Even if you taught people how to make change without a cash register, there would still be people who would have trouble. Not everyone has the same talents and abilities. I have no problem with people using a cash register. They still have to know how to put the correct amount in, and how much money they are supposed to give out. I think it’s a mistake to think that using a cash register or calculator makes people dumb, because if you don’t understand the basics of math, a calculator won’t really help that much. I agree, however, that we shouldn’t teach people something just so they can pass a test. They need to be taught the concepts and information that many tests are testing for, but it needs to be taught so that can be beneficial to them regardless on whether or not there is a test.

      Also, they need to learn to make change and balance a checkbook, but that certainly isn’t all that they need to learn. Your statement makes it sound like that’s all that they need to learn.

      The biggest problem that I see in education is trying to teach kids skills at too early of an age without paying attention to child development. For example, they are so eager for kids to learn that they lowering the age at which they teach certain subjects. What I learned in 6 grade math is now being taught to kids who are about in the 3rd or 4th grade, if not younger.

    2. 2sister says:

      Also, achievement test or what ever you want to call them, are nothing new. They’ve been around for over 50 years. The emphasis and style of test might have changed, but I took them when I was in school. My mother also took them.

      Part of the pbo

  2. Heather Buen says:

    Personally I don’t think you can teach the same way you taught 40 or 50 years ago and I don’t believe the US education system is trying to dumb down students. I believe that parents don’t push for stringent and higher standards in public schools – if they want better standards they just pay the money to send them to better schools. However, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is putting together there long range plan to have more kids not only graduating but able to attend college by 2020. The stats for Texas as a whole are disturbing as we are ranked one of the worst.

    1) Families need to be more involved in their child’s education and those under the poverty level need to gain access to educational opportunities and assistance for their children – this would include a better grasp of English. (Period)

    2) Stricter standards for early childhood care and education. Babysitters and licensed childcare providers need more and better training to teach not just watch kids.

    3) We need to get rid of childhood obesity – kids that are obese actually have a harder time learning. Better meals, healthier, better concentration, more healthy to stay in class rather than at home sick.

    4) More available educational programs outside of school for families to enjoy and take their kids too.

    5) Teaching for tests is NOT a bad thing unless that is the ONLY thing happening in schools. It is not uncommon in our family to have been drilled and drilled and drilled on worksheets until we got it perfect. That was something our parents made my brothers and sisters do, not relying solely on teachers. We never got paid for grades – high marks were the expectation!

  3. Heather Buen says:

    Whoops I had a typo – I don’t mean there, I mean their! I type too fast.

    1. Comic Bobby Bittman says:

      That typo was no Buen-o. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 🙂

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