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.
Texas H.S. Tests Show Some Improvements Texas high school students showed improvements on end-of-course standardized tests in biology and algebra, and posted strong passing rates on a history exam administered statewide for the first time but lagged in English.
Static Texas Scores Put Focus On Teacher TrainingTexas education officials say they will update training for some teachers and work with educators to determine why standardized test scores are not improving.
Mom Cites Texas Education Code To Keep Child From Taking STAARAs thousands of kids begin their State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness or STAAR tests this week, an Irving mother is taking a stand against the standardized exams… and she’s not alone.
Standardized Testing Reduced For Texas StudentsThe Senate Education Committee has voted to refer to the full chamber a measure reducing the number of standardized tests Texas students must pass to graduate from high school.