Student growth and achievement fell year-over-year in 2020 in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD due to the impact of COVID-19, while remaining higher than the national average.  Patty Parker, CFBISD’s director of research, testing and accountability, informed the district’s Board of Trustees on Jan. 14 that grades 3-7 all saw declines in math MAP testing scores in 2020 when compared to 2019. The largest drop was in sixth grade, with the average MAP math score falling to 53 from 77. The national average for math in grade 6 was 49.     (22) view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees will hold a hearing for public discussion on the 2019-20 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) in a regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the LISD Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville. view article arw

Dallas ISD is looking forward to brand new programs later this year, one of which could help transform the Oak Cliff community.  Franklin D. Roosevelt High School is expanding its campus to bring in some programs that have a huge emphasis on public health and public safety. School leaders say with the pandemic, it couldn't be more timely.  Starting next school year, 2021-2022 the high school is adding in programs for patient care technician training, firefighting and EMT training, and other courses in the humanities and arts to help train the next generation of public health leaders. view article arw

ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Ector County ISD has officially approved a partnership that will allow them to provide Pre-k to three-year-old’s in Odessa.  ECISD Trustees unanimously approved the partnership with the Odessa YMCA which will serve as an ‘Innovation Partner’ and help facilitate the program.  The partnership was made possible thanks to Texas House Bill 1882 that allows school districts to partner with outside organizations. view article arw

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With kids back in school after winter break, much attention turns to the standardized tests, like the STAAR tests, which typically take place at the end of the school year. The Texas Education Agency recently announced students will be taking the STAAR tests this spring; however, there will be some traditional elements missing from the tests. Accountability decisions, like grade promotions that are often tied to the STAAR tests, will not be included this year. view article arw

Andy and Amy Jo Hellenbrand live on a little farm in south-central Wisconsin where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, heifers, chickens, goats, bunnies, and their four children, ages 5 to 12.  For the entire fall semester, the quartet of grade school students learned virtually from home, as their district elected to keep school buildings closed.  That has put a strain on the family, as well as the childrens’ grades and grammar.  “I definitely feel like they’re falling behind,” said Amy Jo Hellenbrand. “You just notice certain things as far as their language and how they talk. You’re constantly correcting them.” view article arw

In response to inquiries from parents and teachers, School Leadership has developed this set of frequently asked questions concerning the district's decision to not administer the fall Assessment of Course Performance (ACP). For future updates on the ACP, please continue to follow us on The Hub. view article arw

Harlandale Independent School District officials have recommended that families transition from in-person instruction to a virtual learning model as local COVID-19 case counts continue to surge in San Antonio. In a letter to district families on Tuesday, superintendent Gerardo Soto urged families who can facilitate learning from home to transition to online learning. view article arw

Socorro Independent School District teachers can return to delivering remote instruction from home or remain on campus following El Paso hospitalization falling under the 'red zone'. Teachers will have the option to return to delivering remote instruction from home or remain on campus. view article arw

Texas school districts are “relatively close” to having the tools they need to start giving state standardized tests online to nearly all students by 2022-23, according to a study published by the Texas Education Agency. The analysis, conducted by TEA and Texas A&M University officials, found recent technological developments — including the purchase of 2.5 million computer devices amid the COVID-19 pandemic — have better positioned Texas to join the 70 percent of states that already administer their standardized tests virtually. Under a law passed in 2019 by state legislators, TEA officials must create plans for moving their exams online by 2022-23. view article arw

Virtual learning has been difficult for families and children, and now we have some idea of just how difficult it has been. According to the Texas Education Agency, the average student lost 3.2 months of learning during school closures since last March, in addition to the typical 2.5 months of summer learning loss. view article arw

The Texas Education Agency released new findings Thursday that show students have lost a substantial amount of learning over the last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether they took classes in-person or online, the last year was filled with challenges for students across the state. This is a reality that put many of them months behind, according to the TEA. view article arw

Parents of Black students in Frisco Independent School District say the district is finally addressing a complaint they've had for years. The Texas Education Agency asked the district to take action after data shows Frisco was suspending more African-American Special ED students, than students of other races view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Three hundred-six days and counting — the last time most El Paso school-age children last stepped foot into a classroom before the pandemic shut much of El Paso down and changed the way teachers interact with their students forever.  Now, as time marches on, it’s becoming clear how many parents and students opted not to return to public school online. Even worse — it’s exposing how much is at stake for the future of public education in El Paso.  Data obtained for this story shows bleeding enrollment in El Paso and Ysleta school districts. Simultaneously, local charter schools claim they’ve picked up many students whose parents believe public school is no longer a wise choice during the pandemic. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With school districts across the nation moving to online classes, students have had to adjust to a new way to learn — and parents have had to adjust as well. Diagnosed with dyslexia last year, third-grader Alice Faber has been working hard to keep up with her virtual classes. “Math is pretty easy. I have my tutor to help me,” Alice said. Alice’s mother, Jen Faber, hired a tutor to help her daughter as classes went virtual due to the pandemic, and she’s already seeing the benefits. “It has been really helpful because I have work, and I can’t always stop what I am doing to help her,” Jen said. view article arw

Killeen ISD audit finds faulty data

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Killeen Independent School District found data inaccuracies which, if left uncorrected, could result in lost state and federal funding. “There were several data integrity issues that we found over several areas,” Greg Gibson told the Killeen ISD board at its first board meeting of the year Tuesday. Gibson, president of Austin-based Gibson Consulting Group, gave a 37-page PowerPoint presentation to the board providing an overview of the group’s 100-page audit of the public education information management system (PEIMS) and student information systems (SIS). view article arw

BURKBURNETT, Texas (TNN) - Burkburnett ISD is in the process of expanding its technical training programs with new facilities to teach and new programs, which includes the new fire safety program coming Fall 2021. “Now we’re graduating our own firefighters to work here in Burkburnett, save lives here in Burkburnett,” the superintendent said. Burkburnett high school juniors will be able to enroll in their first round of the new fire safety course, focusing on skill training. By their senior year they’ll be able to work hands-on and get the chance to practice on real fires. Students will then go to Vernon College to complete their EMT certification, and begin working as a firefighter. view article arw

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - School districts make a lot of decisions that affect students, but they’re not always involved in the process. Belton ISD is hoping to get their students more involved in district decision through a a student council. Belton ISD is currently accepting applications for a student advisory council. The council will be an opportunity for students to share their experiences, and the district will use them to help drive changes made in the school. Arturo Lomeli, executive director of secondary campus leadership, said the advisory council has been in the works for about a year. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Texas education officials plan to have all students take the STAAR test online by the 2022 to 2023 school year. Schools were notified about this change back in fall 2019, so schools in the area have been preparing to switch to online testing. Right now, schools have the option to take the STAAR testing this year online or on paper, but will have to plan to take the test online by next year. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Education Agency shared results Thursday, Jan. 14, of optional beginning-of-year (BOY) assessments of students knowledge and skills. This effort to measure how well students maintained what they learned in their prior grade level, followed the cancellation of the end of school year 2019-20 STAAR tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. view article arw

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — One of the fastest growing regional universities in the country and the state’s sixth largest independent school district cemented an agreement Tuesday evening as a prototype to boost post-secondary education nationwide. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guarantee admission to Fort Worth ISD seniors who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class. The icing on the cake is that Tarleton will select one FWISD graduating senior each year to receive a $10,000 annual scholarship, renewable for up to 4 years. The award will result in an annual commitment of $40,000 to the school district. As part of the Distinguished High School Partnership, created by Tarleton President James Hurley in 2019, the university will waive ACT (American College Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) requirements and application fees for qualifying FWISD seniors. Students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class can expect a minimum $3,000 award as part of the President’s Guaranteed Award Program (GAP). Those in the top 25 percent are guaranteed a minimum of $1,500. Calling FWISD the backbone of freshman enrollment, Dr. Hurley said the partnership “raises a high tide,” enhancing opportunity, access and financial assistance for all students who want a university degree. view article arw

Two calendars presented to trustees on Thursday would extend the school year well beyond 175 days.  Prompted by the learning loss brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas ISD administrators want trustees to authorize three types of school calendars, two of which would extend the school year well beyond the district’s 175-day calendar.  One calendar — the intersession model — would offer nearly five weeks of additional instruction spread out across the school year to a targeted group of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. view article arw

Fort Worth students graduating in the top quarter of their senior class will earn automatic admission to Tarleton State University.  On Tuesday, Tarleton State University and Fort Worth ISD agreed to a multi-million dollar pact that will award annual scholarships and guaranteed admission to FWISD seniors in the top 25% of their graduating classes starting next year. view article arw

DALLAS — While you can’t make up for lost time, Dallas Independent School District hopes by adding optional instructional time, it can make up for learning losses exacerbated by COVID-19.  On Thursday, district administration pitched its plan to the school board to approve three academic calendars for the next two school years.  view article arw

With failure rates on the rise in Fort Bend ISD—as in much of the nation and state—local education leaders are looking at ways to increase engagement in the online environment and adjust curriculum to recover lost learning, a process that education experts said could take years. Approximately 21% of FBISD students failed one or more classes during online learning in Term 1, an 8% increase, or an increase of 6,063 students, from the same period last year. view article arw

There are growing calls from across the political spectrum for the federal government to allow states to skip giving students federally mandated standardized tests in spring 2021 — but the man that President-elect Joe Biden tapped to be education secretary has indicated support for giving them. The issue will be an early test for Miguel Cardona, the state superintendent of education in Connecticut whom Biden picked for education secretary, and his relationship with teachers and others critical of giving the exams during the coronavirus-caused chaos of the 2020-2021 school year. view article arw

Texas education officials plan to have all students take the STAAR test online by the 2022 to 2023 school year. Schools were notified about this change back in fall 2019, so schools in the area have been preparing to switch to online testing. Right now, schools have the option to take the STAAR testing this year online or on paper, but will have to plan to take the test online by next year. view article arw

Denton ISD held its first meeting of the new year Tuesday evening, during which board members covered topics from construction costs to the readiness of their students for the workforce. Below are summaries of three items brought before the school board Tuesday. More students are considered ready for life after high school Another 9.4% of Denton ISD students fall into the college, career and military readiness metrics passed down by the state when compared with this past year, according to a Tuesday presentation. view article arw

The Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) held their monthly meeting for January Monday and reviewed the district’s Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas students did not take the annual STAAR test during the 2019-20 school year, rendering much of the information even more outdated than usual. The encompassed test scores would have first been reviewed by district officials in August of 2019. An accountability rating was not given due to the pandemic and lack of modern testing, but the district earned an ‘A’ rating in last year’s report. view article arw

School districts across the state are still hurting thanks to the lockdowns and school closures from 2020.  More than 150 thousand Texas students are reportedly no longer enrolled in school. Each one of them worth 5,500 dollars in tax payer funds for their district. Losing the money is bad enough, but educators say they're worried about the long term impact on the students. view article arw

District officials are inviting residents who want to know more about DeSoto ISD’s academic performance to a virtual forum on Jan. 19, according to a news release from the school district. The Texas Education Agency called off A-F accountability ratings and canceled STAAR exams for schools and school districts for the 2019-2020 school year because of COVID-19. The annual Texas Academic Performance Reports for each DeSoto ISD school, which can be viewed online, do feature other data, including attendance and graduation rates. view article arw

Some high school students recently took the STAAR tests on campus as required by the state, and more students will take it this spring, including students with disabilities.  The Texas Education Agency recently decided to continue with the testing during this academic school year, but districts and schools will not be rated on the A-to-F scale based on performance.    (13) view article arw

TAAE Conference

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Texas Association for Alternative Education (TAAE) will conduct a virtual conference Feb. 4-5, 2021. This year's theme is Meeting the Challenges of Today, For the Success of Tomorrow." view article arw

For the past several years, a task force of educators within Dallas ISD has been focused on creating supports for students, teachers and campuses within the district in hopes of building enrollment, increasing Advanced Placement coursework and heightening achievement. That work has taken on even more importance since the passage last spring of the Board of Trustee’s resolution to address inequities for Black students and English Learners on issues ranging from over-representation in discipline statistics to under-representation in Advanced Placement classes and talented and gifted programming. Of the 13,449 students enrolled in at least one AP course, 2,101, or 15.6% are Black and 4,194, or 31.2% are English Learner students. Administrators are taking steps to improve those numbers through support for students and teachers, offered through Advanced Academic Services, said Mitch Morken, the department’s director. view article arw

In an effort to provide more rigorous, innovative programs for low-income students in southern Dallas, Dallas ISD is partnering with Paul Quinn College on a new secondary school campus at the private, historically Black college in southeast Oak Cliff. According to a news release from Dallas ISD, school trustees in November approved opening a new International Baccalaureate school to serve grades six through 12. view article arw