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.
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.
The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.
Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.
GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.
The review process for next year's State Board of Education-approved biology textbooks has already hit several bumps along the way with controversial comments by reviewers about evolution and climate change, but now there are allegations about improper conduct by SBOE Chairwoman Barbara Cargill.
This is the sixth year for the fund that gives parents the opportunity to lock in tomorrow's college tuition costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today's prices.
Families can purchase one of three types of prepaid "tuition units" that are later applied toward undergraduate tuition and fees. Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.
Palo Alto College is taking its training for Eagle Ford Shale jobs to new levels by expanding its certification program into a full associate’s degree program.
The Alamo Colleges created the Alamo Academies to answer the demand by oil and gas exploration companies for more personnel who were trained on the high-tech equipment needed for the work. The certification courses quickly became popular.
A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.
The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com.
The Texas Freedom Network say book review teams for the State Board of Education are pressuring publishing companies to change how climate change and evolution are presented in next year’s biology textbooks.
The SBOE set up several groups to review different textbooks and this week their comments and suggested changes have been made public.
Texas Freedom Network's Executive Director Kathy Miller said they suspected that the review teams would go after evolution and climate change.