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Audit Says Texas Vulnerable To School Cheating

A state audit has found that the Texas Education Agency is unable to detect widespread cheating on the state’s school accountability system, according to a published report.

08/30/2013

Students read books in an elementary school. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Williams To Address State Senate Education Panel

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is set to speak as the state Senate Education Committee discusses several bills affecting classrooms.

04/02/2013

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Group Trying To Help Black Dallas Students

The DISD’s African American student population is getting the attention of a community groups calling for action, as blacks continue to under-perform while other student groups gain.

03/18/2013

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New State Education Board Opens 3-Day Meeting

The State Board of Education convenes for its first meeting since November’s election reshaped its ranks.

01/30/2013

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STAAR 9th Grade Passing Rates Rise After Retests

Ninth-graders who failed Texas’ new, tougher standardized tests the first time fared far better during retakes.

01/29/2013

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Education Chief Says Funding Talks On Hold

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told the Senate Finance Committee that it was premature to discuss public school funding until its court case is settled.

01/24/2013

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Williams Speaks After Perry’s STAAR Remarks

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams speaks a day after Gov. Rick Perry urged him to again delay requiring high school students to have standardized test scores factored into their final grades.

11/30/2012

A teacher assists a student in her third-grade class. (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Texas Ties For The Third Best Graduation Rate In Country

Texas and five other states have tied for America’s third-best high school graduation rate under a new system that makes nationwide data easier to compare.

11/27/2012

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Williams: Minority-Student Achievement Gap Too Big

Education Commissioner Michael Williams says Texas’ system for rating schools should rely in part on how well districts close achievement gaps between minority and white students.

11/19/2012

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UT To Limit Automatic Admission To Top 7 Percent

The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 will limit automatic admission of freshmen to the top 7 percent of high school graduating classes.

10/31/2012

Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams speaks at the final night of the Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Perry Names Tea Party Activist Head Of Texas Education Agency

Tea party activist and former Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams has been named Texas’ top education official.

08/27/2012

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Smitherman Gets GOP Railroad Commission Nod

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has defeated Gregory Parker for the Republican nomination to retain his seat on the board that has nothing to do with trains.

08/01/2012

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