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After almost all Texas students posted worse reading scores on state standardized tests this spring, Gov. Greg Abbott along with the Texas Education Agency have launched an elementary school reading initiative. Parts of the Texas Readers initiative builds on current programs to improve literacy among public school students. However, included in the plan that Abbott outlined on Tuesday are a public service marketing campaign in partnership with PBS, the United Way, and Univision; a new set of free online instructional materials for teachers; and tools to help teachers monitor student progress. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency's recent release of statewide 2017 STAAR results seems to have generated more heat than light about student achievement: Did performance improve, decline, or stay the same compared to prior years?  view article arw

Tyler ISD’s lowest performing campuses will be receiving extra funds from the state. The Texas Education Agency offers extra funding for Title I campuses through its School Priority/Focus grant. The grants help campuses with funding for supplemental needs based on the prior year’s accountability ratings. Title I campuses are those identified as having high numbers of children from low-income families, according to the Department of Education. view article arw

Test scores for Belton Independent School District students are higher than the state average, according to 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness results released this month. BISD administration and the board of trustees briefly discussed the STAAR results during a Monday board meeting. view article arw

While Killeen and Copperas Cove State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores have dropped in the last five years, so too has the state average, bringing attention to possible solutions that range from more parental involvement to scrapping the standardized test altogether. Over the past five years, Killeen, Copperas Cove and Texas students overall have struggled to pass the English portion of their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams.  view article arw

Interesting article - js - The Woodlands has long been praised as a thriving community for public and private schools alike. New data by Children at Risk shows the Conroe Independent School District faring well among the eight-county Houston region, with The Woodlands' campuses performing well regionally and statewide.  Children at Risk, a Houston nonprofit organization that annually analyzes the quality of life for children through research and advocacy programs, released its 2017 School Rankings. The rankings were calculated measuring student performance on the State of Texas Academic Achievement Readiness exam (STAAR), campus growth, college readiness and a school's overall performance compared to other campuses statewide with similar levels of poverty. Schools are ranked by their respective levels (elementary, intermediate, middle and high school) within the greater Houston area. view article arw

Leander ISD students scored higher on the state assessments compared to the state totals, according to results released by the Texas Education Agency earlier this month. “We are blessed in Leander ISD to have such talented students, teachers and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Dan Troxell. The state education agency released statewide State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, STAAR, scores for grades 3-8 in reading, math, writing, and social studies and End of Course exams for Algebra 1, Biology, English 1 and 2, and U.S. History. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency has designated 18 East Texas schools as focus or priority campuses needing intervention during the 2017-18 academic year under a federal accountability program. The program, which includes campuses in Longview, Kilgore and Marshall, is aimed at improving academic performance and graduation rates in Title 1 schools — campuses that have high numbers of students from low-income families. view article arw

Lindsay Independent School District is the latest in the area to become a District of Innovation, and Superintendent Trevor Rogers thinks it will provide not only more flexibility but more learning opportunities. The plan, which went into effect last month, will not require teachers within the district to have a teaching certification in all areas. view article arw

STAAR results add up to mess

July 1708:25 AM
 

Texas school districts are struggling to understand the latest batch of standardized test results after the state's education agency changed which students it includes in its data. The state's five largest school districts - Houston, Dallas, Cypress-Fairbanks, Northside (San Antonio) and Austin - say the Texas Education Agency's data fails to present an apples-to-apples comparison of student test performance for 2017 and 2016. view article arw

Alan Flores and his parents are an inspiration. Fourteen years ago, Alan’s family came to this country seeking the American Dream. Like every immigrant family before them, including my own, they found it was not easy. In Mexico, Alan’s mother was an educator. His father was a veterinarian. They understood the value of an education and wanted their children to be successful in school, but the American educational system was foreign to them. Since they only spoke Spanish, the language barrier added to the challenges. view article arw

 Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today announced that eight school districts will be part of the Texas Education Agency’s new System of Great Schools (SGS) Technical Assistance Network. The eight will be part of a two-year cohort designed to support districts in their exploration, design and implementation of an effective strategy for system-wide reform. The System of Great Schools strategy is a locally designed system-level innovation and problem-solving approach that seeks to build district capacity for: view article arw

Put STAAR report cards to use

July 1707:45 AM
 

The latest State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness report — showing how students in grades three and higher in public schools are doing — has been mailed out. The reports deserve attention and should not be tossed in the trash with the junk mail. They offer a wealth of information that could help students be successful. The reports detail the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses in the academic areas tested. The information is presented in an easy-to-read format that informs parents how their student did the previous school year. It also reflects educational growth over the previous year. view article arw

Texas school districts are struggling to understand the latest batch of standardized test results after the state's education agency changed which students it includes in its data. The state's five largest school districts — Houston, Dallas, Cypress-Fairbanks, Northside (San Antonio) and Austin — say the Texas Education Agency's data fail to present an apples-to-apples comparison of student test performance for 2017 and 2016. view article arw

State standardized test results from the Round Rock school district this year show a slight fluctuation — but relatively steady — student passing rate in several subjects. Results from students in grades 3-8 who took the Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring showed percentage rates were incrementally less in reading than when the testing was first implemented in 2012. view article arw

 Many students across Texas do not appear to be performing, that’s according to a report from the Austin American-Statesman. The report says Texas middle schools are seeing a decline on state standardized test performance this year. view article arw

Dallas-area schools are seeing lower passing rates on spring STAAR tests this year, especially in reading. The trend echoes an overall statewide decline seen on the standardized tests reported last week by the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

With few exceptions, area schools saw their standardized test scores generally decline when results came back last week. The Texas Education Agency released the preliminary results for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams students took in the spring. Local districts followed statewide trends as scores in nearly every category fell from the previous year. view article arw

Texas students did worse on state standardized tests this year on all subjects except for math. The percentages of students who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in the spring were lower in most subjects compared with last year’s results. Students struggled the most on reading and English tests, with the statewide passing rate for fourth-graders dropping 7 percentage points to 70 percent. view article arw

Texas middle school students didn't perform as well on state standardized tests this year as they did in 2016, concerning some education policy experts. The percentage of students who passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness this spring was lower in all subjects except for math when compared with last year's results, the Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/2tE5837 ) reported. Many Austin-area school districts said they haven't analyzed the data and can't draw conclusions about the scores yet. view article arw

A majority of Texas students were successful in completing the five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams, according to statewide results released by the Texas Education Agency. The results reflect passing rates for the spring 2017 administration of STAAR. In statewide results for the 2016–2017 school year for all testers, Texas students posted the highest statewide passing rates – above 90 percent – in U.S. History. Results for all students tested for 2016-2017 are as follows: view article arw

The Klein ISD board of trustees met Monday in the board room at 7200 Spring Cypress Road, Spring. Here are three highlights from the monthly meeting: view article arw

Spring STAAR results were a mixed bag for Longview ISD, as students performed slightly worse than the statewide average overall on writing tests but exceeded those state averages in science and social studies. LISD students bested statewide average State of Texas Assessments of Academent Readiness scores in grade 3 math and reading; grade 7 math; grades 5 and 8 science; and grade 8 social studies. The district did not release most preliminary STAAR scores earlier, saying its school board needed to review them first. view article arw

Klein ISD will offer five new accelerated college pathways through a partnership program with Lone Star College System this fall. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency continued Monday to publish State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing results for all school levels. TEA published all testing results for grades three through eight; however, no high school exam results were posted by the Herald’s press time. view article arw

From yesterday!  Amarillo ISD is being shipped thousands of individualized “report cards” detailing high-school students’ performance on standardized tests. The Texas Education Agency this year overhauled the reports, sent out annually, in a way agency officials said empowers parents to help improve their child’s academic performance. They report cards are bigger — four pages instead of one — with more data and labels supposed to improve clarity. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District officials confirmed the format for Thursday's public forum on election methodologies during the school board's work session Monday. The district called the forum, set to run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the district's Jefferson Room in the basement of One AISD Center, 241 Pine St., to seek public input about how school board officials are elected. view article arw

Day one of the next three years. “I want to wash away perception. I want to wash away those ideas that the district can’t. I want to embed what are the spirit of the things we are going to go after and do. That’s the spirit of Midland,” said Orlando Riddick, Midland ISD Superintendent. view article arw

Experts say children are discovering their interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities at an early age. So to cater to those interests, Lewisville ISD is providing a place for them to flourish. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency continued Monday to publish State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing results for all school levels. TEA published all testing results for grades three through eight; however, no high school exam results were posted by the Herald’s press time. Both Copperas Cove and Killeen school districts performed at, or slightly above, statewide averages for passing percentages for grades three through eight, according to the results. view article arw

Kermit Independent School District Superintendent has devised a system to help the district meet standard on state accountability ratings – teach the fundamentals and don’t focus on the STAAR test. After several years of struggle, Superintendent Denise Shetter said preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness show Kermit’s elementary, junior high and high schools met standard for 2016-17. view article arw

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Red Oak ISD is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. Red Oak ISD received a star in the area of Traditional Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue information available. view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees recently recognized graduating seniors who participated in the Students Together Achieving Results (STAR) Program. This is the eighth group of students to graduate from and be honored for their hard work, persistence and commitment to the STAR Program. Each year, high school counselors are asked to identify ninth-grade students who struggled during their freshman year and invite them to participate in the program. STAR is focused on building strong relationships between counselors and the STAR students. As part of the year-round program, the students are exposed to opportunities where they learn about themselves and how to plan for their future. They hold monthly meetings as well as make visits to community colleges, technical schools, and four-year colleges. Students may also visit job sites, complete community service, hear motivational speakers, and participate in the ropes course. view article arw

Texas students’ scores dropped in reading, science and social studies on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, preliminary results from spring show, and Fort Worth school district students were no different. view article arw

I’ve written many times about the focus on career and technology and how we need to develop this aspect of our education process especially at the high school level. However, this is not just a trade school. Sure we want young people graduating from Navasota High School that are “job-ready” as well as “college-ready,” but the importance of a well-rounded education is vital. Studying the arts and humanities is as important as learning algebra and physics. Often I hear people say “they don’t need that” or “they’ll never use that.” Perhaps, but no matter what you think, people judge you by the words you use … it’s a fact. view article arw