TEA http://tpr.org en LULAC, MALDEF File Federal Suit Over Texas English Language Learner Programs http://tpr.org/post/lulac-maldef-file-federal-suit-over-texas-english-language-learner-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the behalf of the League of United Latin-American Citizens, alleging the state of Texas isn’t doing enough to advance English language learner (ELL) students in public schools.</span></p><p>The lawsuit also names San Antonio-area school districts North East ISD and Southwest ISD as defendants and references continuing state education reports to show ELL students are not given as many opportunities as other students.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33237 at http://tpr.org Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program http://tpr.org/post/teachers-express-concern-new-tea-evaluation-pilot-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">eachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:51:12 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31712 at http://tpr.org Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports http://tpr.org/post/villarreal-pledges-take-action-following-charter-school-financial-accountability-reports <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a series of reports released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on charter school financial accountability, a state lawmaker said he’s looking into legislation for the 2015 session that will address the issue.</span></p><p>According to an analysis released by Ratliff last week:</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:54:01 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31629 at http://tpr.org Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports In Second Report From SBOE Vice Chair, Charter Financial Disparities Go Beyond Pay http://tpr.org/post/second-report-sboe-vice-chair-charter-financial-disparities-go-beyond-pay <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Using data from the Texas Education Agency’s website, State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff showed how the overall spending at a majority of charter schools is over the recommended amount set by the state. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Ratliff said the general conversation about charter schools focuses on school choice, but, he said, the financial management and accountability isn’t something that’s often addressed. Following his study on superintendent pay at charter schools, it was suggested that he examine overall spending.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:06:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31336 at http://tpr.org In Second Report From SBOE Vice Chair, Charter Financial Disparities Go Beyond Pay New Evaluation System Gives Tests 20 Percent Weight, Educators Outraged http://tpr.org/post/new-evaluation-system-gives-tests-20-percent-weight-educators-outraged <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As per his agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has submitted a new teacher evaluation model this week that uses student test scores as one of the components for measuring a teacher's success. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The teacher evaluation system is part of the waiver that allowed Texas to opt out of No Child Left Behind.&nbsp; This week Williams released the final draft of that evaluation, an evaluation that counts 20 percent from students' standardized test scores.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:22:41 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31287 at http://tpr.org Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents http://tpr.org/post/drastic-pay-difference-student-between-charter-public-school-superintendents <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New numbers released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff shows superintendents at Texas charter schools are paid more than their public school counterparts. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Ratliff has been sifting through the annual financial reports for public schools and charter schools, which are put out by the Texas Education Agency.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 17:06:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31174 at http://tpr.org Drastic Pay Difference Per Student Between Charter & Public School Superintendents The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success http://tpr.org/post/source-cultural-identity-and-academic-success <p>Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:35 +0000 Paul Flahive 30141 at http://tpr.org The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success TEA Approves Use Of Tablet Applications During 8th Grade STAARS Math Exam http://tpr.org/post/tea-approves-use-tablet-applications-during-8th-grade-staars-math-exam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with the Texas Education Agency say </span>8th <span style="line-height: 1.5;">graders this year will be allowed to use calculator apps on a tablet during the math portion of their State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness end-of-course exam.</span></p><p>While to some it may not seem like a big deal, Debbie Ratcliffe with the TEA says it is, especially considering that no other standardized tests allow the use of apps during testing.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:01:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28633 at http://tpr.org Texas 8th Graders May Have To Take Two End-Of-Course Math Tests This Year http://tpr.org/post/texas-8th-graders-may-have-take-two-end-course-math-tests-year <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="428" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/95011807?et=jF231kryykujBafHPZGENA&amp;sig=0n-OprbtOC00_7LuKivrM4_ihBCKARzUTXuYqBz7DYY=" width="478"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal education officials have denied a state waiver that would have eliminated the need to test eighth g</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rade students' math skills more than once -- the denial is related to provisions in House Bill 5 that reduced the overall number of end-of-course exams.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:19:49 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27864 at http://tpr.org Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest In Teacher Eval. http://tpr.org/post/education-commissioner-says-more-districts-showing-interest-teacher-eval <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael Williams, the Texas education commissioner, said some of the biggest school districts in the state are showing interest in a new state-initiated teacher evaluation program but </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">teacher’s unions fear the pilot program will involve high-stakes test scores.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:46:14 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27145 at http://tpr.org Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest In Teacher Eval.