Standardized Testing http://tpr.org en SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind http://tpr.org/post/sboes-thomas-ratliff-calls-state-abandon-no-child-left-behind <p>Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program.&nbsp;</p><p>Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:40:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34629 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 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 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