Texas Waives Passing Rules, Fines Firm After Standardized Testing GlitchesThe Education Commissioner said 5th and 8th graders who were affected won't be required to pass the exams to move on to the next grade.
More Texas High Schoolers Who Fail Tests Could GraduateMore Texas high schoolers could soon have a chance to graduate without passing all of the state's mandatory tests.
Dallas ISD STAAR Test Results Show Gains & LossesThe State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test scores are in and for the most part Dallas Independent School District (DISD) 5th and 8th grade students scored well.
Final Rules For K-12 Standardized Testing ReleasedAiming to reduce test-taking in America's classrooms, the Obama administration has released final rules to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must take each year.
Texas Fines Testing Vendor $5.7M, Demands $15M In UpgradesTexas is fining the company that administers statewide standardized tests $5.7 million — and ordering it to invest $15 million in future safeguards — after computer glitches caused problems last academic year.
New Schools & New Programs For Dallas ISD StudentsIt's a new school year and there are new schools, programs and changes across the Dallas Independent School District. There are some 160,000 students heading back to Dallas public schools today.
A Major Overhaul Of No Child Left Behind Is In The WorksA major overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act is in the works. This week the House passed the new Every Student Succeeds Act; and the Senate is expected to vote on the act next week.
STAAR Tests To Get Less Time-Consuming In Grades 3 To 8State-mandated exams are getting shorter for Texas students in grades 3 to 8. The Legislature this session approved a requirement that STAAR tests be less time-consuming for young students.
Texas House OKs Plan To Let Some Students Bypass Test RulesTexas lawmakers could let thousands of Texas high school students graduate this year even if they fail some of the standardized tests normally required for a diploma.
Texas Senate OKs Plan To Let Some Students Bypass Test RulesThe Texas Senate has approved allowing thousands of high school seniors to graduate this year despite failing one of the standardized exams needed to earn a diploma.
'Race To The Top’ Grant Program Is Changing EducationSince Race to the Top was launched, schools across the country have adopted new, rigorous education standards, implemented stringent teacher evaluation systems and are developing data collection systems to better inform instruction.
Start Of A New Trend? Florida School District Opts Out Of State TestsAfter a Florida school district votes to opt out of state standardized testing, parents question if it could happen in Texas.