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Texas fifth- and eighth-graders will not be held back this year if their computers were affected by glitches during State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exams, state education officials said Thursday. It is not clear precisely how many fifth- and eighth-grade students were disrupted while taking tests in recent weeks, but the two glitches impacted tens of thousands of students across the state. Texas Education Agency officials said an April 10 disruption hit about 41,700 students in grades four through 12 on 3,870 campuses statewide view article arw

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Five underperforming schools in Waco ISD at risk of closing will remain open for at least two years, even if they don't meet accountability standards this year.  This comes after the Texas Education Agency approved Waco ISD's eligibility for an in-district charter partnership with Prosper Waco this week, contingent on making a technical modification to the performance contract.  Under the proposed in-district charter, Prosper Waco would oversee six campuses within the district, making decisions ranging from staffing to curriculum. In addition, the partnership would allow the six schools to receive $3.5 million additional funds from the state. view article arw

When Destiny Jackson delivers her valedictory speech at Angleton High School’s graduation ceremony tonight, she will be the first African-American to do so. The milestone comes 51 years after black students first were allowed to attend Angleton High School after integration. view article arw

In the 2018-19 academic year, Leander ISD will be adding two more elementary schools to its two-way dual-language program. Knowles and Bagdad elementaries will join Whitestone and Reed elementaries in offering the program. LISD began offering dual-language services in 2009 for students who qualified for bilingual education services, said Tina Dozier, LISD English Language Learners director. Up until four years ago, one-way dual language—which works with students who primarily speak Spanish to help them become proficient in English—was the only option for dual-language education. Two-way dual-language differs in that primary Spanish and English speakers learn together, receiving lessons in both languages, according to Dozier. view article arw

An all-girls slate of honor students comprise the list of \valedictorians and salutatorians for the Wichita Falls Independent School District's Class of 2018. The young scholars showcase a variety of college interests and destinations. view article arw

Some described it as more than just a luncheon, but a gathering of what seemed to be family for the last four years. Recently, Little Elm High School top 10 graduating seniors were honored with a luncheon. Each student was accompanied by family members and chose their favorite teacher who had made an impact during their time in Little Elm ISD. Teachers introduced the students and parents gave tearful and emotional speeches as they reminisced about the early childhood of their graduate and praised the young adult they have become. view article arw

Although Longview ISD has ended funding for its Early College High School, the program will continue with new partnerships with four-year schools to focus on core classes. The program started in the 2015-16 school year to give students a cost-free way to earn an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours from Kilgore College. The program started with a group, or cohort, of 92 freshmen, and every cohort since was limited to about 100 students. Entering its fourth year, LISD no longer will offer students in the program free tuition from KC but has entered additional partnerships with Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Texas. view article arw

Students at three schools in Central Texas were affected by the online testing issues some districts experienced statewide while taking the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) this spring.  According to the Texas Education Agency, in April, a connectivity slowdown disrupted online testing for students in Texas for 20 minutes. However, some districts in the state were impacted for up to three hours. During testing in May, students in several districts in the state had a connectivity slowdown of 90 minutes.  view article arw

The Waco Independent School District gets the go-ahead from the Texas Education Association to enact Senate Bill #1882. The bill will give the five district schools in danger of being closed down an extension to remain open. Waco ISD board members met last month to discuss possible action to save five area schools from being shut down, and voted to work with prosper Waco to make this happen. view article arw

Several posts were sent in to the KHOU 11 newsroom claiming "Goose Creek ISD is threatening to strip seniors of diplomas if they participate in walkouts for Santa Fe." The claim started spreading fast online after tweets from students at Goose Creek Memorial High, like one saying "they threatened to take away our graduation, not just walking the stage, but the diploma if we walked out." view article arw

Prosper Waco will have full autonomy over Waco’s five underperforming schools starting immediately, Waco Independent School District Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson announced Wednesday morning. The Texas Education Agency approved late Monday an in-district charter partnership between the local nonprofit Prosper Waco and the school district, pending a minor technical language change to their contract, according to a letter the TEA sent to Nelson. view article arw

 Mesquite ISD held a special luncheon Thursday to celebrate their highest graduating achievers. Among them is a young lady whose unique distinction has earned her a full ride to college.  It’s a record-setting achievement at Mesquite ISD. Four valedictorians from the same family. view article arw

The following is a news release from Texas Tech University: Texas Tech University and the Rockwall Independent School District (ISD) announced today (May 23) a partnership to help students go from earning their high school diplomas to their bachelor’s degree by taking classes at the Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy. Texas Tech is the only four-year educational partner working with the College & Career Academy, joining two-year educational partner Collin College. Texas Tech also will be able to host face-to-face classes at the academy. view article arw

Kilgore ISD trustees approved a policy that allows high school students to take other courses in lieu of speech and health. All students will not take speech or health, so the courses will not be counted in class-ranking GPAs, starting with the freshman class of 2019, Kilgore ISD Superintendent Cara Cooke said. “We wanted to make it equitable and fair,” she said. view article arw

HUDSON — Five Hudson High School seniors will be graduating with certificates along with their high school diplomas Saturday night at the William R. Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches.  Christian Brock and Coby Ramsey will graduate with Level 1 Diesel Technician Certifications from Angelina College.  Ramsey said he heard about the program through his agriculture classes at the high school. He said one of the principals came to him at the end of his junior year and told him they would be offering the class. view article arw

The Premont Independent School District held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the new Ernest H. Singleton Premont Early College Academy as well as a ceremony celebrating its educational alliance with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The new school is named on behalf of former superintendent Ernest H. Singleton, who served from June 2011 to May 2013. During Singleton’s tenure, Premont ISD and TAMUK formed an alliance with the goal of helping the district secure stronger educational and financial footing in order to avoid closure view article arw

For the past few months, the future for the leadership at Weinert Elementary has been uncertain after allegations of benchmark testing and STAAR test irregularities were made regarding the campus.  Seguin ISD spokesman Sean Hoffmann released an official statement on Tuesday going into further detail about the incident and the investigation surrounding it. view article arw

Many students when they graduate are left with the question of "What's next?" and the question can be much louder for special education students. Project SEARCH, a new program at the Bryan school district, is in place to help students served by special education determine what options they have for life after high school. view article arw

Bryan ISD held a special graduation Tuesday night. Five students from the district's SEARCH program graduated at the College Station Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. This is the first year the district launched the SEARCH post-secondary vocational program for special education students.  view article arw

Karnack ISD parents, staff and students celebrated the graduation of the school's eighth grade class on Tuesday in Karnack. view article arw

This week Brenham ISD students joined more than 5 million other third through fifth graders enrolled in our state’s public schools for a second installment of STAAR testing. High school students took the End of Course exams (EOC) last week. Most Texans are aware of the high stakes standardized testing that has been part of the educational accountability system in Texas public schools for over 30 years now. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law outlining a new process by which schools will receive a letter grade. This year, testing will lead us down that new path. view article arw

Leverett's Chapel High School seniors and twins Gracie and Grayson Bathke have been competing for the title of valedictorian for the last four years.  “Well the first two years he didn’t stand a chance because I was on my A game and then we had to take chemistry online and that dropped my GPA so bad," Gracie Bathke said.  A twin rivalry they said has been going on for ages. “It fuels me a little more I mean I’d be competitive with anybody but the fact that I live with her it definitely makes it more competitive,” Grayson Bathke said. view article arw

Longview ISD is moving its gifted and talented program for grades three through five to individual campuses next school year. Earlier this month, parents received a letter from GT teacher Stephanie Spivey saying that the district “has decided to make each campus responsible for providing GT instruction to their students.” The district has been busing students each week to Bramlette Elementary School to receive to receive specialized instruction. view article arw

Longview ISD no longer will offer a free program that saved high school students thousands of dollars by letting them earn an associate degree through Kilgore College. Longview High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent James Brewer sent a letter to parents recently that said the district is ending funding for the Early College High School Program, which started in the 2015-16 school year. Kilgore College spokesman Chris Craddock said Brewer informed the college of the district’s decision in early April and said it was because of a “financial strain that tuition and books will place on the district.” view article arw

As the blowtorch in 32-year-old Nicole Gillespie's hand pierces the cool air around her with the smell of gas, she feels like she's making history. Gillespie, an inmate at Woodman State Jail in Gatesville, is part of the first HVAC class that has been offered to women at any Texas state jail. Texas prisons have offered similar classes to men for years. Gillespie’s classroom partner, Amber Kenyon, 38, recognizes that the area she’s working in is male dominated outside of prison, but that's not stopping her from pursuing a passion she’s found in the four years she’s been incarcerated. “It’s usually men who get classes like this,” Kenyon said. Men "don’t believe we can do this in the first place. Women can do this.” But not every incarcerated woman gets these opportunities. view article arw

The Kilgore ISD board of trustees on Monday will consider removing the high school speech and health classes from counting on the GPA for class rankings beginning with 2018-19 freshmen. view article arw

Reformed discipline practices affect Angleton ISD view article arw

Hallsville ISD trustees will consider approving a memorandum of understanding with Longview ISD and the East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy when they meet Monday. view article arw

Well stated - Good article everyone read, repeat, and share. - js - There has been a lot of noise around the fact that more students have to take remedial courses in college than ever before.  The Anti-Public School’ers use this fact as a proof point that public schools are failing.  Higher Ed types use this fact as a reason to shake a condescending finger at public schools for doing a piss-poor job of weeding out those who aren’t “college” material in the first place.  When really, they are just upset that they may actually have to teach, as opposed to cover, content. view article arw

Changes could be looming on the horizon for hard-of-hearing students in the San Antonio region. A dropping number of students in the Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf shared services site has some districts considering a consolidation. Emotions ran high Tuesday at the San Antonio Independent School District board meeting, where parents of deaf children showed up demanding that the district not close Mission Academy.  view article arw

When technical problems in 2016 affected more than 14,000 computerized State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — or STAAR — tests, Sarah Martinez questioned whether online assessments were the way to go for her two daughters, who are both dyslexic.  Now ages 10 and 14, Martinez’s daughters are each enrolled in the Fort Worth Independent School District and old enough to take the assessments — but their mom requests that they don’t take the STAAR test online because she said the system is “fraught with problems.” view article arw

Not long ago, Dallas ISD’s Blanton Elementary was a chronically low-performing school. The PK-5 campus, located in the heart of Pleasant Grove, had missed state accountability marks for five consecutive years — one of the longest streaks in the state at the time. Blanton is in a much better place today. view article arw

Experts testifying before Congress don't typically start by describing the insights they've gained from backed-up toilets. But when reality TV star Mike Rowe appeared before the Senate committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in 2011, he detailed two incidents involving malfunctioning commodes. When he was 12, he saw everything that went down the toilet reappear "in a rather violent and spectacular fashion," Rowe recalled. His grandfather — Rowe describes him as a blue-collar magician who "woke up clean and came home dirty most of his life" — quickly ascertained the problem. What followed was an entire day of digging in the front yard, followed by welding, pipe fitting, and other hard work that Rowe participated in until the toilet was behaving again. view article arw

Round Rock ISD employees will see a 2 percent salary increase for the 2018-19 academic year. The board of trustees voted Thursday night to approve the pay increase in the district’s 2018-19 Compensation Plan. The starting salary for teachers, librarians and registered nurses will increase to $46,000 and years 1-6 will be adjusted to improve pay progression. Eligible employees will receive a $1,010 general pay increase. view article arw

Working at a Chevrolet dealership  doesn't grant your child a free car, so why should working for Highland Park ISD guarantee your child a spot in a district school?  That's the view some parents expressed at Tuesday night's school board meeting, where district officials discussed a proposed policy change to allow full-time, contracted teachers, administrators, librarians, nurses and special-education specialists to enroll their children in the district.  view article arw