Tag Archives: STAAR

When should the state step in to close underperforming charter schools?

This story broke just before the holiday break, when I unplugged for a bit, except for a few “Best-of” posts (here, here, and here), and a slideshow of holiday lights. But it’s worth picking up now because it poses this … Continue reading

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Debate: What if every Texas school got a letter grade rating, A through F?

Parents, would you find it helpful if every school in Texas got a letter grade, A-F? Do letter grade ratings give parents a useful yardstick for quality? Or, do they oversimplify and obscure the differences among schools? Please leave a … Continue reading

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KIPP Aspire and New Frontiers charter schools earn three state distinctions

As mentioned in this earlier post, the Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of school accountability ratings. To highlight the top-performing schools in the state, the TEA released a list of schools that were rated “met standard” and also earned all … Continue reading

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Five San Antonio charter schools tagged “improvement required” under new state accountability ratings

The Texas Education Agency recently released a new set of accountability ratings for Texas school districts and campuses. This is the first set of ratings based on STAAR standardized testing data. (See this earlier post for a discussion of previous ratings.) … Continue reading

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Closed door discussions on education reform bills SB2 (charter schools) and HB5 (standardized testing)

I mentioned earlier that the charter school bill—SB2—is in the hands of a conference committee. Reports from Austin say that both SB2 and HB5, a bill to modify standardized testing requirements, are both being negotiated among members of the House, Senate, and … Continue reading

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Mom says “I love high stakes testing”

Washington Post columnist Esther J. Cepeda recently went to parent-teacher conferences  and brought home the standardized testing results. I laid the papers out on the kitchen table: Lengthy, detailed progress reports showing the grade and weight of each quiz and … Continue reading

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SA Ready: materials for STAAR prep and college-and-career readiness

SA Ready is open for business. According to the website: SA Ready is a free platform that gives teachers access to high quality lesson plans and teaching resources. Developed in partnership between Generation TX San Antonio and Educational Policy Improvement Center … Continue reading

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