Fewer than 1% of Denton ISD students remain unaccounted for since they left for spring break in March.  That means district officials have gotten in touch with 479 students since April 17, leaving just under 300 students they have been unable to contact.  According to a presentation given by Area Superintendent Jeff Russell during Tuesday’s school board meeting, the Ryan High School attendance zone has seen the most drastic improvement over the past month. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Education Agency said it expects some students to be consistently absent from school next year and said school closures could have a "devastating impact" on students' achievements. The TEA is suggesting "intersessional calendars" that include an earlier start date for schools, a long winter break and a later end date.  view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Throughout high school, Alyssa Rodriguez has kept one moment in mind. “I just wanted to graduate. That’s all I wanted,” said the Skyline High School senior. “I wanted to walk on that stage.”  But, the traditional graduation ceremony is a milestone she may never experience, following a decision by the Dallas Independent School District not to hold in-person celebrations this year. view article arw

Scarborough High School senior Anaiya Jackson expected to cross the graduation stage this spring, carrying the memory of her beloved grandmother.  In the years before her sudden death in January, Sandra Marlin had become inseparable from her granddaughter. They lived in adjoining rooms, did math homework together, went to the nail salon together. When Jackson’s mother and father wouldn’t pony up for gas money or pocket change, Marlin would host a secret “business meeting” with her granddaughter, doling out a few bills. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- School attendance requirements have been waived in Texas, but the state is still asking districts to keep track of students they have not heard from since COVID-19 prompted online learning.  "School district leadership, including the superintendent, should be aware of the absolute number and percentage of students that are considered uncontactable," according to guidance for schools from the Texas Education Agency. view article arw

Repost -  Starting today, parents—or students themselves—can go here and register to take optional end-of-year tests to measure academic knowledge & skills   (13)AUSTIN, Texas – May 12, 2020 – To further support student learning and an understanding of student progress even as students are educated from home for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, TEA has launched free, optional end-of-year (EOY) assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer. This optional test does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which Governor Greg Abbott cancelled this year due to COVID-19.    (15) read more arw

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Education Agency will discuss possible changes to the school year during a conference call with school districts on Tuesday.  According to a presentation that will be made to districts on Tuesday, the TEA is warning that students could return to school a full year behind on their studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Education experts say students could experience a greater 'summer learning loss' because they are spending a longer period at home during the quarantine period, than they would during a normal school year.  In order to prevent a similar event from occurring in the years to come, the TEA is discussing several options with school districts, including the potential of an "intersessional" calendar, which would change the look of the normal school year. view article arw

Dallas ISD is this year’s winner of the prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for the state’s top large school district. During an award program held on Zoom this week — featuring appearances from Texas celebrities Matthew McConaughey and Eva Longoria — executives at the San Antonio-based grocery store chain announced a dozen winners, including DISD. view article arw

Students in Houston ISD could start their school year several days earlier beginning in 2021-22, joining peers in other districts who return to class in mid-August, under a plan in the early stages of development.  HISD officials this week said they want to seek a “District of Innovation” status that would grant them flexibility on four state education laws, including one that requires schools to begin their academic year no earlier than the fourth Monday in August. All of the region’s largest traditional public school districts, with the exception of Cy-Fair ISD and Lamar CISD, sought the status in the past few years and changed their start dates to mid-August. view article arw

There is life in the time of corona. In the midst of the pandemic’s chaos, order is still in play as schools continue to strive for excellence.  Three campuses in the South Texas Independent School District have been ranked among the best in the state by the 2020 Jay Mathews Challenge Index.  Those campuses are South Texas Independent School District Medical Professions in Olmito, South Texas ISD Science Academy and South Texas ISD Health Professions, both in Mercedes. view article arw

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Staying connected during this pandemic has been a top priority for the Abilene Independent School District (AISD). On Wednesday afternoon, AISD hosted a news briefing on Zoom to provide updates on what is going on with the district.  “We’ve only missed, counting today, 32 days of school, but it sure does feel like about 9 years,” said Abilene ISD Superintendent Dr. David Young. view article arw

HOUSTON – As students wrap up the 2019-20 school year from home, school administrators are trying to plan for what the next school year might look like.  “What we’re trying to do is put together three different options,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Fort Bend Independent School District.  Dupre said students may return to reopened schools, may continue learning online from home or may experience a mix of both. He believes the third scenario is most likely. view article arw

East Point Elementary School Principal Dana Boyd was named a 2020 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award winner at a virtual ceremony Tuesday.  Boyd was one of five elementary school principals across the state vying for the award, which came with a $10,000 cash prize and a $25,000 grant for her school.  "Thank you so much to my East Point family. Without the teachers, the custodians, the cafeteria personnel, and to my kids, I would not be able to be the principal that I am," Boyd said in a short speech. view article arw

Boerne ISD was named the best small school district in Texas on Tuesday in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Boerne ISD took the top spot out of over 1,500 applicants from across Texas. The district will receive a $50,000 prize which will be used with the Boerne Education Foundation to go toward student learning.  “We are humbled and honored to be named the best small school district in Texas,” Boerne ISD Superintendent Thomas Price said. “We are a reflection of our community. We live in the best community, which helps us to be the best school district.”   (7) view article arw

CANADIAN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Canadian and Higgins ISD voted to consolidate their school districts Saturday, May 2.   According to Canadian ISD’s Facebook page, the election results had the consolidation passing for both districts.  Canadian ISD’s election tally had 319 votes for and 18 votes against the merger. While Higgins ISD’s election tally had 140 votes for and 71 votes against the merger.  The Facebook post said the results will become official after the votes are canvassed on May 7th.   (5) view article arw

A "hybrid opening" -- that's what Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa called the district's return to school in the fall.  No one plan is in place, but Hinojosa said at a press conference Monday the return to traditional school is very unlikely, but so is an entirely at-home learning model.  Hinojosa said they district would know more in two weeks after the number of coronovirus cases come in, with fewer people quarantined at home.   (5) view article arw

Students in Houston ISD could start their school year several days earlier beginning in 2021-22, joining peers in other districts who return to class in mid-August, under a plan in the early stages of development.  HISD officials this week said they want to seek a “District of Innovation” status that would grant them flexibility on four state education laws, including one that requires schools to begin their academic year no earlier than the fourth Monday in August. All of the region’s largest traditional public school districts, with the exception of Cy-Fair ISD and Lamar CISD, sought the status in the past few years and changed their start dates to mid-August. view article arw

Enrollment in Leander ISD’s pre-K program—expanding from half-day to full-day this August—is below projected enrollment numbers as of April 30, according to LISD.  In February, LISD officials estimated a 91.36% increase in enrollment to 775 students from the current half-day enrollment of 405 students.  As of April 30, LISD has enrolled only 75 students, with 128 pending. More than 35 children were deemed ineligible, according to the district. view article arw

Welcome to May!  It is so hard to accept that we will not get to be together to end this school year; but please know that we are doing everything we can to provide engaging instruction, tasty meals, quality service, and giving our best efforts to produce virtual and modified events that will celebrate and honor our students and staff.  Below are some updates and information on a variety of topics.  Let us know if you have questions.  Remember to email us at pampaisdinfo@pampaisd.net or call us at 669-4700.  We are here for you! view article arw

Our graduation plans are contingent upon the decisions our state and local government officials make regarding public gatherings in June. As of right now, the Class of 2020 graduations are scheduled for June 1-3. view article arw

Texas schools might start bringing students back to classrooms on staggered schedules in the fall. Or they might have some students show up at school while others continue their coursework online.  Or they might stay completely virtual until 2021.  While it's much too early to pin down all the permutations of how and where COVID-19 might remain a health risk come August, Texas superintendents are starting to game out how public education will look in the fall.   (5) view article arw

FLATTENING THE LEARNING LOSS CURVE: With schools across the country closed by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. education system must brace for a contagion of its own, says contributor Robin Lake. Currently, there’s no plan to prevent what could be long-lasting academic casualties, particularly among economically disadvantaged children of color in large urban districts unprepared to provide rigorous and effective remote learning. For some students, half a year of lost schooling might not ever be recovered. When school reopens, educators will almost certainly be forced to limit the number of students in classes, and older teachers who fall into health-risk categories may be unable to return to physical classrooms.  view article arw

The College Station ISD Education Foundation did not let COVID-19 stop it from recognizing 58 seniors and their honored educators during the annual Hall of Fame event.  Typically, the event would have been a banquet, but the coronavirus forced the ceremony to go virtual through a Zoom webinar livestreamed on Facebook. view article arw

Graduation ceremonies for Ector County ISD’s class of 2020 will be virtual this year, but they will contain some of the same elements students would have experienced in a face-to-face event.  Dates for the graduations are May 22 and May 23 and they will be broadcast at the same time they would actually have been held, Superintendent Scott Muri said. Permian is on May 22 and Odessa High School is May 23. view article arw

U.S. News and World Report released its Best High School national school performance rankings and considered various factors to rank each school within its state as well as in the country.  “The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia,” the USNWR website said. “Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.” view article arw

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The Bastrop Independent School District said it is a challenge getting high school students living in rural areas to do the online learning planned by the teachers.  A Bastrop High School teacher told KXAN her students are falling behind in their coursework. She didn’t want to be identified because she still works for the district.  The issue, she said, is internet access. Nearly 70% of the district is considered academically disadvantaged. Some students don’t have access to smartphones or the internet, making online learning a challenge, if not impossible. view article arw

Gary Rubinstein reports that KIPP has taken advantage of the coronavirus shutdown of schools to close two of its charters in the ill-fated “Achievement School District” in Tennessee. Once hailed as a model for other states to copy, the ASD has been a flop.  Rubinstein has followed the ASD from its early days, so filled with promise and boasting, to its collapse. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas – Killeen Independent School District’s Virtual Graduation is moving forward. On Wednesday, Killeen High School’s Valedictorians recorded their speeches for the big event.  As plans move forward, parents hope the district will change its mind and push a physical graduation for a later time.  “Numerous parents have sent so many types of ideas to them, and they are shooting down everything,” said Tracy Willis, Killeen ISD parent. view article arw

The Barbers Hill ISD board approved applications for several state waivers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The waivers, if approved, will help the district make adjustments to its grading, reporting, promotion and retention practices.  One waiver application involved reporting grades. The district will issue grade/report cards for pre-K through first grade every nine weeks and every six weeks for grades second through 12 on a form approved by Superintendent Dr. Greg Poole or a designee. In addition, students will also receive a progress report for the fifth-six weeks that reflects the student’s numeral average. All grades are pass or fail during the distance-learning period. Grades will be reported in the 12th week of instruction as required by the TEA.  view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — The Don Haskins Center will be filled with graduates once again after COVID-19 left many families wondering if they’d get to celebrate the big day.  El Paso, Socorro, Canutillo and Clint school districts are aiming for late June and July.  Borderland families are starting to feel like they can see the light. view article arw

The Clint ISD Early College Academy is the number one ranked traditional high school in the El Paso area according to the list. The school is ranked number two in the El Paso Metro area for all schools next to Harmony Science Academy, a charter school.  Clint ISD Early College Academy, led by Principal Edmond Martinez, has 320 students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 who can earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College upon graduation. view article arw

Denton ISD employees have been unable to contact 777 students in the month after campuses shut down following spring break.  That’s about 2.5% of students in a district with just over 31,000 students to account for.   Administrators collected that information by April 17 and brought it to school board members during Tuesday evening’s meeting. view article arw

Run a meeting on Zoom, fix everyone’s lunch, and figure out a social studies lesson, too.  Big Thought and Dallas ISD are trying to make that last part easier for families stuck at home.  They’re putting all of the resources parents need to support their children’s home schooling in one place. view article arw

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves Independent School District is following a “Pass/Fail” at-home learning grading procedure for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.  The new grading system became effective March 25. Grades posted will transition to P@ (pass) or F@ (fail). view article arw

With schools closed through to the end of the school year, teachers from Dawson Independent School District help guide their students virtually.  Sharing their stories are four teachers from Dawson ISD: Brittany Brumley, Will Brumley, Alice Gray, and Jennifer Miller. view article arw