Education

News about education issues in and around San Antonio.

Nearly 50 superintendents in the Houston area sent a letter to the Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, complaining about multiple problems with the State of Texas Assessments and Academic Readiness, or STAAR standardized test. Districts in the San Antonio area have also complained. Over 14,000 students who took the test online in March encountered problems, including answers not being saved, tests being scored inaccurately, tests not being delivered, and test results being sent to...

Sleep has a big impact on learning. And not just when you do it in class. Sleep deprivation affects memory, cognition and motivation , and the effects are compounded when it's long-term. For those reasons, there's been lots of interest in the education world in studying the sleep habits of children and adolescents. But until now, most sleep studies have been limited to short-term surveys with small numbers of participants. That's changing with the advent of wearable activity trackers. These...

This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat. She wanted a good blanket. "The cold is definitely a distraction," Jameria says of her classroom's uninsulated, metal walls. Her teacher provided the blankets. First come, first served. Such is life in the William Penn School District in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia. The hardest part for Jameria, though, isn't the cold. It's knowing that other schools aren't like this. Before...

Nathan Cone / TPR

Local and state leaders in education met at the Pearl Stable in San Antonio on Thursday, April 21 for a forum on educational initiatives , issues and the quest for student success in the San Antonio area. The sold-out event was hosted by the San Antonio Area Foundation and the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum. You can download and listen to the audio of the panel through the SoundCloud link at the bottom of this page. Opening the forum, David Robinson, founder of the Carver Academy ,...

In public radio's mythical Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The first two conditions are merely unlikely. The third one is a mathematical absurdity. However, a new survey suggests that almost all parents believe it to be true. In a recent survey of public school parents, 90 percent stated that their children were performing on or above grade level in both math and reading. Parents held fast to this sunny belief no...

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