Standardized Testing http://tpr.org en 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 The Source: What Will The Statehouse Do To Graduation Requirements? http://tpr.org/post/source-what-will-statehouse-do-graduation-requirements <p>When House Bill 5 passed last year it signaled yet another change in course for public education in Texas. Texas House and Senate members will take another look next Wednesday<a href="http://tpr.org/post/next-week-lawmakers-will-take-new-hb-5-curriculum-standards?nopop=1" target="_blank"> at the standards</a> they passed last year and how the State Board of Education has implemented them.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:04:12 +0000 Paul Flahive 28614 at http://tpr.org The Source: What Will The Statehouse Do To Graduation Requirements? Next Week, Lawmakers Will Take Up New HB 5 Curriculum Standards http://tpr.org/post/next-week-lawmakers-will-take-new-hb-5-curriculum-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the coming week, lawmakers will begin examining curriculum standards set by the Texas State Board of Education under House Bill 5, a law passed in 2013 that provides more flexibility and pathways for student growth, and&nbsp;there is an effort to add more rigorous courses in math and science.</span></p><p>From its very conception, higher education officials and some within the business community have taken issue with HB 5 because it dropped student requirements for taking courses like Algebra II.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:36:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 28567 at http://tpr.org Next Week, Lawmakers Will Take Up New HB 5 Curriculum Standards 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. The Source: Education In America http://tpr.org/post/source-education-america <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:37:31 +0000 Paul Flahive 26303 at http://tpr.org The Source: Education In America Release Of End-Of-Course Exam Results Turn Up Heat In School Finance Trial http://tpr.org/post/release-end-course-exam-results-turn-heat-school-finance-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Texas Education Agency, nearly a quarter of all high school juniors <strike>have</strike> fell short of end-of-course graduation requirements -- those</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> numbers were what attorneys led with on day two of the Texas school finance trial.</span></p><p>According to the TEA, over 309,000 students met the necessary requirements and passed a set of end-of-course exams in order to graduate in 2015, which works out to about 76 percent of all Texas high school juniors.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:35:39 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25516 at http://tpr.org Release Of End-Of-Course Exam Results Turn Up Heat In School Finance Trial Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations http://tpr.org/post/student-test-performance-may-be-part-new-texas-teacher-evaluations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has been meeting one-on-one with school superintendents, hoping to design a template for teacher evaluations. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of an agreement Williams reached with the U.S. Department of Education in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program, Williams must design</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a solution for how schools evaluate teachers </span>by May 2014.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:12:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23257 at http://tpr.org Student Test Performance May Be Part Of New Texas Teacher Evaluations New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons http://tpr.org/post/new-education-flex-plans-could-help-reduce-recidivism-texas-prisons <p>State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff is looking into how House Bill 5, a bill passed in the last legislative session that reduces standardized tests and creates multiple educational paths for public school students, can benefit convicted criminals who are locked up.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:22:18 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18965 at http://tpr.org New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons The Testing Reform Push In Texas Is Not Over Yet http://tpr.org/post/testing-reform-push-texas-not-over-yet <p>The last legislative session saw changes to high stakes standardized testing in Texas, but many public school advocates say the reforms didn’t go far enough.</p><p>Starting in the Fall of 2014 Texas students will only have to take five standardized tests, which is down from 15. House Bill 5 passed unanimously in both the state house and senate – and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. There was, however, another testing bill that also passed, but this one got different treatment from the governor.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:17:06 +0000 David Martin Davies 18789 at http://tpr.org The Testing Reform Push In Texas Is Not Over Yet