Education

What if there was no homework for the entire school year?

A Texas teacher wrote a letter to parents of her second grade class telling them just that.

The Texas Education Agency is penalizing the New Jersey-based company that develops and administers the state's controversial STAAR tests to the tune of $20.7 million — over widespread logistical and technical issues reported with the spring administration, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday.

The problems caused thousands of students to lose answers to online standardized tests.

Judge Denies State's Request to Toss STAAR Suit

Aug 23, 2016
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After a group of parents sued the Texas Education Agency over the 2016 administration of STAAR exams, state lawyers argued this summer that the parents had no standing and asked the courts to drop the case.

This week, the first day of school for many Texas children, Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied their request in a one-page order with no further explanation.

Amid STAAR Test Backlash, School Performance is Mixed

Aug 15, 2016
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Editor's Note: This story has been updated throughout.

The number of Texas school districts and charter schools considered failing under the state’s accountability system increased slightly in 2016, though the number of individual campuses that received that label decreased somewhat, according to ratings the Texas Education Agency released Monday.

The school district of Freehold Borough, N.J., has a 32 percent poverty rate. It is fully surrounded by another school district, Freehold Township, which has a 5 percent poverty rate.

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