Forensic auditors are expected this weekend to give DeSoto school trustees a first look at their investigation that includes evidence of “significant” payments to a fictitious company.  The investigators told trustees at a workshop earlier this month that they’ll recommend the board refer some of their findings to law enforcement, either the Dallas County district attorney’s office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. view article arw

Introduction: To ensure school districts and State approved, privately managed charters are accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, the Texas Education Agency (“TEA”) administers the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (“FIRST”). According to TEA, “the system is designed to encourage schools to provide the maximum allocation of resources for direct instructional purposes”. The State annually assigns a FIRST rating to each school district and charter based upon various financial metrics, benchmarks and operating procedures. TEA also publishes the FIRST ratings for public review and each taxpayer funded school is required to present its FIRST rating at a public hearing. The FIRST rating categories are as follows: view article arw

PHARR, Texas — The Pharr-San Juan- Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) announced four of their seniors were awarded the Gates Scholarship.  The scholarship will cover their university career and post -graduate education, said the release. view article arw

Following postponed action during the April 15 meeting, Lake Travis ISD trustees revisited the district’s grading modifications for remote learning, ultimately passing a resolution delegating authority to Superintendent Brad Lancaster to adjust the current grading system in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay was due to a disagreement on the decision to score students differently at the middle school level than at the high school level. view article arw

The Highland Park ISD board of trustees Tuesday approved by a 6-1 vote an alternative credit/no credit grading model to the original plan introduced that will allow high school students to receive numeric grades toward their GPA for this spring semester.  Students will receive credit or no credit for the remote learning period based on proficiency on all essential learning objectives. view article arw

New Frontiers Public Schools plans to file a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency in response to the agency ordering the nerwork to close its elementary and middle school campus on the South Side by phasing out grades starting this fall. view article arw

Burleson and Centennial high schools help Burleson ISD rank among the nation’s best in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools ranking.  It puts BISD in the top 30% in the nation.  Centennial ranks nationally in the top 25% out of nearly 18,000 schools. The Spartans rank in the top 22% out of approximately 1,500 schools in Texas. view article arw

Anyone who’s been paying attention knew months ago Longview ISD was laying the foundation to convert all its campuses into charter schools run by private organizations. This is true despite officials publicly declaring no decision had been made, that the information-gathering was merely to consider options, not because a course had already been reached.  Furthermore, we were told public opinion would matter, as would what educational professionals (i.e. teachers) had to say.  To all of which we can now say: Beans.  The inevitable has come to pass after a vote earlier this month by the Longview ISD board to contract with two new charter nonprofits — Longview Educates and Prospers, and the Texas Council for International Studies — to take the reins at various schools. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas — The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved/considered the following items at Tuesday's board meeting.  - Superintendent's Information to the Board included a list of local policies (EI Local, EIA local, EIC Local and EIE Local) that have been revised during COVID-19 related to grading, promotion and class rank. Grading information for the 2019-20 school year has been sent to parents/guardians via email. Details along with policy updates can be found at txkisd.net. view article arw

Mesquite ISD recently informed parents that current restrictions that prevent mass gatherings may prevent traditional graduation ceremonies from taking place on June 6 and 7.  The district informed parents that if a traditional graduation ceremony is not possible in June, MISD will provide a virtual graduation ceremony on video for each high school on those dates.  view article arw

Lubbock ISD making sure no one gets left behind while learning online,  Due to the pandemic, students nationwide have had to adjust to online learning.   "So we're using Google Classroom for 2nd through 12th grade. The teachers post videos, they have Google Hangouts with their kids, they give assignments and those assignments have due dates," Lubbock ISD Assistant Superintendent Misty Rieber said. She says the biggest challenge is getting internet access for their students.  "I think our district has done a great job. We put up park-and-learns at our high schools so our students can drive up and have access there. We've also been delivering hotspots," Rieber said.  view article arw

BEAUMONT, Texas — Governor Abbott announced Friday that schools will not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year. But that doesn't mean the learning stops. Instead, several districts are moving forward.   School is not in session, but flexible learning is still happening. Some schools are looking into different grading policies for students during the coronavirus pandemic.  A grading policy some schools are using is pass, fail, and incomplete.  This means students who are doing the work will pass. If students don't complete their assignments or are not communicating with their teachers during this time of flexible learning, they will either fail or get an incomplete status. view article arw

In a video posted on YouTube, Temple ISD Superintendent Dr. Bobby Ott announced the district’s plan to end the school year scarred by COVID-19.  The last day of school will stay May 28th, but that is about the only thing that remains the same.   All End of Year banquets will be held virtually, according to Dr. Ott. School sponsors will release the details once they are worked out.  Prom has been moved from May 23rd to June 12th, but if social distancing guidelines are still in place at that time it will be cancelled. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas — Midland Independent School District unanimously approved two measures today that will help seniors impacted by COVID-19.  The first measure approved involves students' senior GPA, which will now be determined by the Fall 2019 semester only.  The second measure impacts class rankings, which are to be determined by all grades up to and including the Fall 2019 semester.  view article arw

Lamar Consolidated ISD trustees have approved changes to student grading and how those grades will appear for this year as the COVID-19 outbreak forced schools to close in mid-March and until May 4. The district installed a remote learning operation allowing teachers to educate students virtually through the internet. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Schools across Texas are closed, but teachers and administrators in the Coastal Bend are making sure seniors meet their requirements to graduate. Here's how teachers and administrators are making sure high school seniors are able to meet their requirements to graduate during this time.  Public schools in Texas have been shut down through the end of the academic year.  Parents with school-aged kids know that the learning has not stopped.  High school seniors have multiple requirements they must meet in order to get their diplomas. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD administrators addressed points of contention related to the district’s recently adopted spring 2020 pass-fail grading policy at a special meeting of the board of trustees April 20.  At the meeting, which was held via videoconference, district administrators provided several slides of materials meant to answer questions about the grading policy. The grading system was modified at an April 6 special meeting after CCISD and districts across the state switched to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The policy takes the district through the end of May, meaning the pass-fail system or any other modifications are not expected to continue into next school year. No resolutions or other actions were taken to modify the pass-fail system at the April 20 meeting, which lasted approximately two hours. view article arw

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton Independent School district is implementing a new grading system to accommodate students amid the coronavirus pandemic. The school district will now be using a pass/fail or incomplete grading scale for the Spring Semester. GPA will also be calculated differently this school year. For current seniors, their GPA will be based on the grades they received at the end of the third nine weeks, that GPA will be their final GPA. Class rank for seniors will also be determined by the end of the third nine-week grades. view article arw

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Longview ISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox appeared on East Texas Now on Monday to talk about how his district will move forward following the governor’s closing of all campuses. As far as graduation, Wilcox said they will wait to get further instructions from Gov. Greg Abbott on what is allowed.  “I’ve told the seniors, ‘you are going to have a unique senior story from anyone,’ because hopefully this will be over by next year,” Wilcox said.  Wilcox said the school board adopted a policy that any student in grades one through eight who makes an effort to complete the work given to them at home will get a pass/fail grade. view article arw

The White Oak ISD school board on Monday approved allowing Superintendent Brian Gray to make temporary changes to the grading policy because of COVID-19.  The virtual meeting was livestreamed to the district’s website to comply with social distancing procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gray said the policy he wants to put in place is a pass/fail system that will not affect students’ class rank.  The senior class completed the third nine weeks before the closure, and the valedictorian, salutatorian and top 10% are set, Gray said. But a numerical grade still will be entered for classes, because colleges will not accept a “P” or “F.” view article arw

Clear Creek ISD administrators addressed points of contention related to the district’s recently adopted spring 2020 pass-fail grading policy at a special meeting of the board of trustees April 20.  At the meeting, which was held via videoconference, district administrators provided several slides of materials meant to answer questions about the grading policy. The grading system was modified at an April 6 special meeting after CCISD and districts across the state switched to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The policy takes the district through the end of May, meaning the pass-fail system or any other modifications are not expected to continue into next school year. No resolutions or other actions were taken to modify the pass-fail system at the April 20 meeting, which lasted approximately two hours. view article arw

Clear Creek ISD administrators addressed points of contention related to the district’s recently adopted spring 2020 pass-fail grading policy at a special meeting of the board of trustees April 20. view article arw

Comfort ISD sets grading system

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The Comfort Independent School District has decided on a grading policy for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. “The extended emergency closures caused by COVID-19 are unprecedented for school districts,” information on its website states. “There have been extensive discussions regarding how to handle grading procedures during at home learning. view article arw

Georgetown ISD will base its GPA and class rankings on the final grades of the fall 2019 semester as the coronavirus pandemic has forced schools to close and students to learn from home for the rest of the school year. view article arw

The Calallen Independent School District is adopting “pass” or “incomplete” grades for the final nine-week period of the school year.  On Monday, the school board approved the grading policy to ensure student progress can be measured “while still not punishing students because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Superintendent Arturo Almendarez said in an email to parents. view article arw

The State response to the dangers of the COVID-19 disease has required ROISD to respond with revisions to its grading policies. The following is a revision to the ROISD grading policies for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year and subject to change based upon further State action.  The goal is to maintain as much consistency as practical and to align with federal, state, and district laws and policies as closely as practical with the minimum number of revisions. view article arw

If something in the education world sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because it is more pipe dream than reality.  And that’s the way it sounded when leaders of the College Board, which owns the SAT, sounded when they announced Wednesday that they would be prepared to provide an unprecedented online, take-at-home SAT — which would be simple, secure, accessible and valid — if schools stay closed in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis.   While online testing is nothing new, and some students have already taken the SAT online, the exam has never been given digitally at home. Reporters who heard the news on a conference call quickly raised questions about concerns that students could cheat with their parents whispering answers, and about proctoring technology invading the privacy of young people taking the test in their homes. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD campuses will remain closed for the rest of the school year, Superintendent Charles Dupre said Tuesday, becoming the region’s first traditional district to declare its facilities will not re-open this spring. view article arw

(AP) — A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, College Board officials said Wednesday as they announced the cancellation of June testing.  Instead of a paper-and-pencil test given under proctors’ supervision, the home version would be digital and rely on “remote proctoring.” That could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or talking, College Board President Jeremy Singer said on a conference call with reporters. view article arw

Ever since UT made changes to grading systems for this semester, academic advisors have been sending out emails explaining how students can switch their classes to a pass/fail grading system.   In those same emails, advisors from the College of Natural Science urge pre-meds and students in other pre-health tracks to take their classes for letter grades because graduate schools don’t view it favorably when applicants pass/fail medical pre-requisite classes, like biology, physics and organic chemistry.  view article arw

Instead of the normal numeric or letter grade system, Denton ISD announced Monday its teachers would begin grading students on a modified pass/fail system.  The University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University previously announced similar optional models for students.  Beginning Monday, middle and high school students will receive one of three determinations for their classes: pass/showing progress, did not pass, missing.  Students who earned a grade below 70 in the most recent grading period might have the opportunity to “demonstrate proficiency and earn credit for the semester,” according to the district’s announcement. view article arw

Paint Rock ISD will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic  The decision, announced Monday evening by Paint Rock superintendent Ron Cline, was made "out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and well-being of its students, parents, teachers and staff."  The district’s teachers and staff will continue to provide online and long-distance instruction as well as meal services for students, according to the release. view article arw

Superintendent Scott Muri said during the board of trustees workshop Tuesday that the district wants this to be a do no harm period of time.  The meeting was held via telephone and Vice President Delma Abalos was absent.  The last time students were present in class was March 5, Muri said, so whatever a student’s grade was at that time, they can’t do any worse. view article arw

Clarendon CISD Trustees approved a new school grading policy when they met in regular session Monday night, April 13.  The school board met in person in the Administration & Technology Building but distanced themselves around the conference room instead of sitting together at the board table as usual.  The board considered and approved the grading policy as presented to govern how students will be scored while the school campuses are closed for the COVID-19 outbreak.  “Our teachers are being held accountable, so it’s important that students be held accountable also,” Superintendent Jerod Bellar told the Enterprise Tuesday. “We want to extend grace to students during this time, and we understand that students have varying levels of support and instructional resources at home.” view article arw

BRYAN, Tex, (KBTX) -- Bryan ISD has announced new graduation dates and times amid the coronavirus pandemic.  All graduations will be at Merrill Green Stadium. The dates below represent the original time frame with some slight adjustments in days and times:  Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:00 p.m. Mary Catherine Harris High School  Thursday, May 21, 2020 8:00 p.m. Bryan Collegiate High School  Friday, May 22, 2020 8:00 p.m. Travis Bryan High School  Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:00 p.m. James Earl Rudder High School  Sunday, May 24, 2020 Rain Make-up for any school as needed view article arw