STAAR Testing http://kut.org en Calculator Directive for 8th-Graders Draws Concerns http://kut.org/post/calculator-directive-8th-graders-draws-concerns <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">As the state integrates a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769810227" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">directive</a>&nbsp;that requires eighth-graders in Texas public schools to have graphing calculators&nbsp;for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">STAAR testing</a>, some poorer Texas school districts say that such mandates ignore the financial crunch that many districts are already facing.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In February,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">Texas Education </a><a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">Agency</a>&nbsp;Commissioner&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/michael-williams/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/michael-williams/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Michael Williams</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769809313" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">wrote to</a>&nbsp;Texas superintendents to instruct them that they must ensure that eighth-grade students have graphing calculators for STAAR assessments, starting in the 2014-15 school year. The directive comes after the State Board of Education increased the algebra content on the exam, said Debbie Ratcliffe, a TEA spokeswoman.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:49:18 +0000 Aamena Ahmed, Texas Tribune 10227 at http://kut.org Calculator Directive for 8th-Graders Draws Concerns Can You Opt Your Child Out of Texas Standardized Tests? http://kut.org/post/can-you-opt-your-child-out-texas-standardized-tests <p>Standardized testing in Texas begins today and some parents across the state are choosing to opt their children out of the testing process.</p><p>Last week, a Waco family made news when they publicly told their school district they did not want their fourth grader taking the state tests because they were morally opposed to testing.&nbsp;</p><p>Under state law, that's illegal.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141931313&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:56:00 +0000 Kate McGee 10059 at http://kut.org Can You Opt Your Child Out of Texas Standardized Tests? Only 15 Percent Pass English I Writing in Latest STAAR Tests http://kut.org/post/only-15-percent-pass-english-i-writing-latest-staar-tests <p>The English I writing exam is giving Texas students trouble.</p><p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/">Texas Education Agency</a>, only 15 percent of students who took the writing exam in December – part of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR test – passed. And most of those students were taking it for the second time.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:39:09 +0000 Kate McGee & Laura Rice 9616 at http://kut.org Only 15 Percent Pass English I Writing in Latest STAAR Tests HB 5 Architect Wants to Leave Implementation to Districts http://kut.org/post/hb-5-architect-wants-leave-implementation-districts <p>The author of the new state law overhauling many aspects of public education in Texas says he wants school districts to decide how to implement the new standards, not the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Board of Education.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Jimmie&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aycock</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-Killeen)&nbsp;</span>told the Board Friday that <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB5">HB 5</a> was crafted to give local school boards flexibility in establishing paths to graduation. But he’s concerned the SBOE will create too many requirements that will counteract the goal of the bill. He wants to leave it local school districts.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:53:07 +0000 Kate McGee 8384 at http://kut.org HB 5 Architect Wants to Leave Implementation to Districts AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards http://kut.org/post/aisd-staar-scores-inch-still-well-below-future-standards <p>The Austin Independent School District <a href="http://www.austin.isd.tenet.edu/articles/aisd-students-achieve-gains-four-subject-areas-preliminary-2013-staar-grades-3-8-results" target="_blank">saw minimal gains </a>on this year’s STAAR tests compared to last year.</p><p>Reading, math, science and social studies passage rates each increased by three percentage points from the previous year. Students showed the best results in reading with 79 percent passing in all demographics – including racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:19:47 +0000 Mone Miller 8066 at http://kut.org AISD STAAR Scores Inch Up – Still Well Below Future Standards Early TAKS Scores Up at Eastside Memorial http://kut.org/post/early-taks-scores-eastside-memorial <p>Preliminary standardized test scores for this school year show improvements in multiple subjects at Eastside Memorial High School – a school that has had a history of failure going back nearly a decade.</p><p></p><p>According to unofficial data presented to Eastside Memorial teachers this week, 90 percent of students passed the TAKS end of year exam in English and Language Arts.&nbsp;That’s a nearly 20 percent jump from last year.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:10:00 +0000 Kate McGee 7819 at http://kut.org Early TAKS Scores Up at Eastside Memorial