In Texas, the state’s accountability gurus and minders, when pressed, will admit that the state’s accountability system is MORE accurate for schools serving the lower ends of the economic scale than at schools serving the higher ends of the economic scale. Let that sink in for a minute.  What that means is that schools serving poor students are measured based on what they actually add.  And schools serving rich students can coast on the fact that their students are rich kids. view article arw

At 15, Tanishq Abraham has accomplished more than some adults.  Abraham now holds a degree in biochemical engineering after graduating from the University of California Davis with honors. If graduating with honors is not impressive enough, Abraham was taking college credit courses at the age of 9. view article arw

Bryan school board members have approved alternative graduation requirements for students who entered high school before the 2011-2012 school year but did not graduate because they did not pass all parts of the TAAS or TAKS standardized test. BISD trustees approved during their regular board meeting Monday a resolution that establishes a local graduation committee to consider each student's situation and approve those who meet the requirements to graduate. The committee is similar to the individual graduation committees the district has in place to consider current students' circumstances and allow them to graduate despite not passing all the standardized end-of-course exams. view article arw

Alvin ISD will launch the Youth Empowerment Team mentoring program in the fall of 2018. YET is a school-based mentoring program in which dedicated parents and individuals from the community, businesses and local organizations will invest their time to empower Alvin ISD students to pursue the school and life goals that they have not yet achieved. “The mission of the Alvin ISD YET program is to pair students with mentors that will empower them to persevere through their lives to achieve their dreams and goals by instilling in them an ‘I Can’ or ‘I Will’ mindset to face their school and life’s challenges,” said Alvin ISD Family Engagement director Ana Pasarella.  view article arw

A program built to help struggling Brazosport ISD students recover credits and graduate on time with their class is getting a new name to reflect its shifting mission. view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Monday approved a partnership with nonprofit group, Education is Freedom, in an effort to prepare Marshall High School graduates for life beyond high school, Marshall ISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Anika Perkins said on Monday. “Education is Freedom in a nonprofit that up until now has primarily worked with Dallas area school districts to ensure districts provide equal access for all students for college and career readiness,” Perkins said on Monday. “Marshall ISD is the first district in East Texas to partner with them for this program.” view article arw

Most Texas students for the spring 2018 administrations successfully met grade level or achieved higher level performance on all five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course assessments, according to the Texas Education Agency. The TEA says spring 2018 STAAR results reflect increases in four of the five courses from the assessment scores of the previous school year: algebra I, English II, biology and U.S. history. view article arw

Each year, approximately 300,000 students begin eighth grade in a Texas public school. National employment and earnings statistics suggest that these students will have materially better prospects as adults if they finish high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree program. With support from the Greater Texas Foundation and the Houston Endowment, two institutional philanthropies, The Texas Tribune has used data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency to document the education outcomes of every student who started eighth grade in a Texas public school during eight academic years (1997 through 2006).  view article arw

After reading the 6/12/18 post, “School Performance – The Big Picture, Part 1” and the 6/13/18 post, “School Performance – The Big Picture, Part 2,” an old school LYSer shares the following. It’s still perplexing to me that people think that it’s “other factors” outside of the day-to-day on-campus leadership that makes the difference in actual schools. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District is taking its dual language program to the next level this fall. Beginning in August the district will expand its popular program to include middle school. Currently the district offers the biliterate option at seven elementary schools. It's a decision the district says is being praised by parents. Because it will make their children more marketable in the workforce. view article arw

East Texas area high school students showed overall improvements on state standardized tests this spring, according to preliminary test results from the Texas Education Agency. The districts’ 2018 STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) EOC (end of course) preliminary passing percentages rose in almost every test subject area. High school students in grades ninth through twelfth must pass state standardized tests in subject areas of Algebra I, Biology, English I and II and U.S. History, before they can receive a diploma, according to the TEA. view article arw

The originator and district director of the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at Ector County Independent School District is retiring. Dianne Mata has been in education for 29 years — 27 of them with ECISD. She started out at Amarillo ISD as a bilingual elementary school teacher and did that for seven years both in Amarillo and Odessa. view article arw

Early standardized testing results show growth among Hallsville ISD students, an administrator said Monday night. Superintendent Jeff Collum said he was excited to see signs of improvement of growth and areas the district would “like to target and to continue to improve” on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. Students are tested in third- through eighth-grade reading and math, along with fourth- and seventh-grade writing, fifth- and eighth-grade science, eighth-grade social studies and high school algebra 1, English 1 and English 2, biology and U.S. history. view article arw

Seventy-five percent of Bryan ISD students qualify for free and reduced lunches. That's three out of every four students, though the number fluctuates each year. Last year, the district started a Culture and Climate Task Force to help address the needs of these families. view article arw

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How will school district serve these students and what will be the implications?- js Tornillo Land Point of Entry near El Paso will be the first temporary shelter for immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. view article arw

Plano ISD’s original class rank system is official no more.  Trustees unanimously voted to no longer rank students based on their overall GPAs starting with the eighth grade class of 2023. The new PISD system will include a two-tiered system that includes an accumulated GPA and an internal ranking GPA that’s solely used to calculate the top 10 percent, a requirement by state law. view article arw

Some students who failed an exit-level exam have a chance at getting their high school diplomas.Pine Tree ISD trustees approved a resolution Monday that gives options to kids who failed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. This impacts students who started ninth grade before the 2011 - 2012 school year. view article arw

More than 100,000 Texas students were affected by computer glitches on standardized tests this year, tens of thousands more than previously estimated, Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education during a briefing on Wednesday morning. In May, Morath threw out 71,000 students’ results for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness and fined Educational Testing Service, the New Jersey company that administered and graded the test, $100,000 for the computer glitches. Morath also has waived promotion requirements tied to STAAR scores for fifth and eighth graders affected by the glitches. view article arw

The problems with the high-stakes STAAR tests keep coming. On Wednesday, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced that the number of students affected by computer glitches during standardized testing this year was much higher than previously reported: up to about 100,445 students across the state. Some kids were kicked out of online testing for up to three hours because of server issues while taking the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness tests. Others had to log in multiple times because of problems with the system. view article arw

Beginning in August, Navasota High School students will have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree from Blinn College while completing their high school curriculum. The new Navasota Collegiate High School program will begin in the fall, and two students already have committed fully to pursuing their associate's during their four years of high school. view article arw

Yesterday, I threw cold water on, “The School Board is the Solution to All Our School Performance Issues,” theory of action.  So, what is the answer? view article arw

Frisco ISD officials hope that a change in how the district ranks its students will relieve some stress and encourage students to take classes they are truly interested in. Monday the Board of Trustees approved a revision to its class rank policy that, among other things, will only rank the top 10 percent of the students, which is required by state law. This will go into effect this fall. School officials have been concerned that students are putting too much pressure on obtaining the highest GPA, sometimes at the detriment of their health and course selection. view article arw

High school class rankings are on their way out in Plano ISD. The district is the latest to change its policies that rank students against each other based on a weighted grade point average. The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to do away with class rankings entirely beginning with eighth graders who graduate in 2023. Instead it will do internal calculations to identify students who fall in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.  view article arw

Frisco ISD joins a growing number of school districts changing its high school class ranking policies. The changes aim to reduce some of the unhealthy competition plaguing students today. They are also meant to ensure that strong students aren't overlooked in the college application process because of a single number.  view article arw

Starting with the class of 2019, fewer students in Frisco ISD will know their class rank. Monday night, the district’s board of trustees voted on a change that will only allow the district to rank students in the top 10 percent of their class. Students outside the top 10 percent would not know their exact position in relation to the peers in their grade. Frisco ISD is the latest district to consider changes to address concerns students are selecting courses based only on improving GPA for rank and that rankings breed a culture of over-competitiveness and anxiety. view article arw

Ector County Independent School District’s Falcon Early College High School will stay open, but what form it and the district’s other early college campuses will take is up for discussion. ECISD Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said Superintendent Tom Crowe, University of Texas of the Permian Basin President Sandra Woodley and Odessa College President Gregory Williams are expected to meet this week to discuss the early college high schools. view article arw

On the heels of last week’s El Paso Independent School District Board decision to released the timeline and list of proposed campus closures, officials announced Monday opportunities for community members to give their input. According to the EPISD news release, the Board of Trustees have scheduled two community meetings next week to share information and gather input. view article arw

It is no secret that the DeVos family controls state education policy in Michigan. As Betsy DeVos has acknowledged, when they make campaign contributions, they expect to see the changes they want. Since DeVos took control, education in Michigan has been in decline. The state has hundreds of charter schools. Accountability is minimal. DeVos likes it that way. Michigan is the only state where 80% of charters operate for profit. That means less money for instruction because investors come first in a for-profit business. view article arw

It was their hard work in his late debate partner’s honor that led the Sabine High School UIL team to the overall Class 3A academic championship this year, recent graduate Jackson Lutz said last week. Lutz competed in the University Interscholastic League during his sophomore, junior and senior years. When his debate partner died a year ago, he said it motivated him and teammates to do their best. view article arw

When describing his experience at Longview ISD’s culinary camp, an 11-year-old was inspired by Mary Poppins. “(It has been) supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Ladarius Ingram said. “I am coming back to do this next year.” LISD chef Chardee Shoddy taught a group of preteens the ins and outs of culinary arts, from sanitation to knife skills. To round out the camp, the kids put on their chef’s jackets and hats and prepared a meal for the board of trustees Monday, spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said. view article arw

Harris Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District has been certified as an International Baccalaureate school. Offering the globally-recognized program at more schools is part of the district's five-year plan to increase student success. Carol Velazquez, the principal of Harris Middle School, said all of her students take part in the rigorous program focused on critical thinking and interdisciplinary studies. view article arw

Giving teachers and staff the opportunity to discuss radical changes to the operation of PSJA schools was democracy at work, says one of district’s trustees. The vote on the controversial EmpowerED proposal was 661 for and 1,448 against. Of the 42 schools within the district, only seven voted in favor. “I want to thank the community for being here,” said PSJA ISD Vice President Jesse Zambrano, as teachers and parents assembled outside PSJA High School in San Juan. Inside, the board of trustees were about to start a board meeting. However, the EmpowerED proposal championed by Superintendent Daniel P. King was not on the agenda. After such a heavy “no” vote, the board asked King not to bring it up. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s board of trustees will vote June 11 on whether to change the district’s GPA for Rank policy. District staff’s recommendation would change what percentage of student rankings would be published and how students’ class ranking would be calculated. GPA for Rank is a weighted grade point average based on a 6.0 scale. Some classes are weighted more than others. The proposed recommendations, presented by district staff, call for the district to only publish the rankings of students through the top 10 percent as required by the state.  view article arw

Pine Tree ISD trustees Monday are set to consider a resolution for alternative graduation requirements. view article arw

IF THE AMERICAN DREAM depends on its education system, summer break could be holding its students back. "Summer is the most unequal time in America," says Matthew Boulay, founder and CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. "We pour enormous amounts of resources in children learning but much of that investment stops in the summer months." view article arw