HB5 http://kut.org en In Texas, Fewer Tests Mean Less Time for Teaching Social Studies http://kut.org/post/texas-fewer-tests-mean-less-time-teaching-social-studies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The reduction in social studies gradation requirements has disappointed many social studies advocates in the state, but it hasn't surprised them. They say the subject often gets pushed aside when it comes to classroom instruction time, especially with an increased emphasis in high-stakes testing.</p><p>Unlike math, science and reading, students aren't tested in social studies until eighth grade. E<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ducation advocates say lack of social studies standardized tests means less instructional time for the subject.</span></p><p>“It hasn’t been tested," says Pat Hardy, State Board of Education member. "It’s been treated like the redheaded stepchild, and at the end of the day –&nbsp;literally at the end of the day –&nbsp;they’ll say, 'well, you can teach social studies.' Well, how good do you think that is?”</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:05:17 +0000 Kate McGee 9711 at http://kut.org In Texas, Fewer Tests Mean Less Time for Teaching Social Studies Texas Education Board Approves New High School Grad Requirements http://kut.org/post/texas-education-board-approves-new-high-school-grad-requirements <p>The State Board of Education officially adopted new state high school graduation requirements this morning. The vote was 14 to one in support of the changes. El Paso Democrat Martha Dominguez voted against it.</p><p>Last year, lawmakers got rid of the previous graduation plan which required students to take four math, science, English and social studies courses.</p><p>Under the new plan, all students are required to take four years of &nbsp;English and at least three years of math, science and social studies. Students will then have to choose one of five paths to graduation, known as endorsements.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:19:40 +0000 Kate McGee 9689 at http://kut.org Texas Education Board Approves New High School Grad Requirements Under HB 5, All Texas Schools Require 90 Percent Attendance Rate http://kut.org/post/under-hb-5-all-texas-schools-require-90-percent-attendance-rate <p>Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers passed a law (House Bill 5) reducing high school testing and&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/should-texas-students-be-required-take-algebra-ii-graduate">changing graduation requirements</a>. The changes don’t fully go into effect until next school year, but one portion was immediately implemented: new attendance requirements.</p><p>Right now, all high school students must attend at least 90 percent of classes to receive credit. If they attend less than 75 to 89 percent of class, then they must create a plan with their school principal to complete missed work and lessons. If students don’t take that step, they risk failing the class or grade, and must petition the district's school board to see whether or not they can advance to the next grade level.</p><p>But under HB 5’s new attendance requirement, all students – kindergarten through 12th grade – must meet that 90 percent attendance mark.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123984685&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:39:47 +0000 Kate McGee 9328 at http://kut.org Under HB 5, All Texas Schools Require 90 Percent Attendance Rate Austin Charter Focuses on College Prep Despite New Grad Requirements http://kut.org/post/austin-charter-focuses-college-prep-despite-new-grad-requirements <p>The charter school<a href="http://www.kippaustin.org/"> KIPP Austin </a>is announcing a partnership Thursday with St. Edward’s University, in an effort to promote the charter school’s mission to prepare students for college and help them receive a degree.</p><p>The private university in South Austin will join <a href="http://www.kipp.org/our-approach/kipp-through-college/college-partnerships">more than 40 other colleges and universities</a> nationwide that partner with the nonprofit charter school - including UT Austin and the University of Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p><p>The partnership comes as public school districts across the state begin implementing new state mandated high school graduation requirements. The requirements allow students to pursue a diploma that prepares them for college or a career. While charter schools like KIPP continue to focus on college, it's unclear what the new requirements that offer career or college preparation mean for low-income students at traditional public schools.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123296883&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:48:14 +0000 Kate McGee 9315 at http://kut.org Austin Charter Focuses on College Prep Despite New Grad Requirements How HB 5's Shaping the Design of Leander's Newest High School http://kut.org/post/how-hb-5s-shaping-design-leanders-newest-high-school <p>Leander ISD is on track to open its newest high school in 2016. Designed with flexibility in mind, the school will be ready to incorporate the high school curriculum changes brought on by <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB5">House Bill 5</a>.</p><p>The new legislation creates a "foundation" plan of classes that all students must complete to graduate, but it also allows students to earn an endorsement in one of five fields including business and industry, art and humanities, science and technology.<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</span></p><p>When it comes to Leander ISD's&nbsp;sixth high school, Brad Pfluger of&nbsp;Pfluger Architects, the firm designing the new school, says the academic houses specialized by subject are an important feature.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:59:58 +0000 Syeda Hasan 9247 at http://kut.org How HB 5's Shaping the Design of Leander's Newest High School Should Texas Students Be Required to Take Algebra II to Graduate? http://kut.org/post/should-texas-students-be-required-take-algebra-ii-graduate <p><strong>Update:</strong> The State Board of Education preliminarily voted Thursday night to only require Algebra II for students pursuing an honors diploma or pursuing a STEM education endorsement for graduation.&nbsp;</p><p>Under new legislation passed this year, high school students will have to choose at least one of five endorsement paths to graduation. The five endorsements are science and math, business and industry, art and humanities, public service and multidisciplinary studies. Supporters say the different paths will allow more flexibility for students to pursue classes they're interested in&nbsp;and better prepare students for college or the workforce.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:19:42 +0000 Kate McGee 9232 at http://kut.org Should Texas Students Be Required to Take Algebra II to Graduate? Study Finds Texas' HB 5 Could Negatively Affect Minority Students http://kut.org/post/study-finds-texas-hb-5-could-negatively-affect-minority-students <p>While school administrators work to clear the fog surrounding <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=83RHB000055B&amp;QueryText=%22hb+5%22&amp;DocType=B">House Bill 5</a>, the state's suite of educational changes, some are saying the bill could hurt the minority students’ chances to go to college.</p><p><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/813863-ut-study-hb-5-and-minority-students.html">A study by UT-Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis</a> found that HB 5 might lead school counselors to set minority students on a less rigorous degree plan designed for students who do not want to go to college. UT researchers say this is because school administrators often have low academic expectations for poor black students.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:11:42 +0000 Jody Serrano 9067 at http://kut.org Study Finds Texas' HB 5 Could Negatively Affect Minority Students State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) http://kut.org/post/state-school-board-undecided-what-courses-should-count-graduation-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke and answered questions regarding House Bill 5 in front of the State Board of Education today.</p><p>Patrick’s endorsement of the bill, which provides for different paths to high school graduation, was met with skepticism from board member Patricia Hardy. Hardy’s concern revolved around the removal of social studies classes from high school graduation requirements. She argued that turning social studies courses into electives limits a student’s exposure to important information.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:59:06 +0000 Jody Serrano & Roy Varney 8723 at http://kut.org State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) Will Gov. Perry Veto House Bill 5? http://kut.org/post/will-gov-perry-veto-house-bill-5 <p>The future of high school graduation standards in Texas remains up in the air as Governor Perry considers whether to sign or veto <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB5">House Bill 5.</a>&nbsp;The legislation reduces the emphasis on standardized testing by lowering the number of end-of-course exams needed to graduate from 15 to 5. It also provides an alternative pathway to graduation that focuses on vocational education instead of college readiness.</p><p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:33:21 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8052 at http://kut.org Will Gov. Perry Veto House Bill 5?