TEA http://kut.org en Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Rolllout Back Another Year http://kut.org/post/texas-wants-push-new-teacher-evaluation-rolllout-back-another-year <p>Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants an additional year to study a new state teacher evaluation system. The additional period would delay the official roll out for two years.</p><p>Commissioner Williams wrote a letter to federal education officials Wednesday, where he also requested the federal government extend a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements.</p><p>In a statement, Williams said:</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:02 +0000 Kate McGee 10849 at http://kut.org Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Rolllout Back Another Year 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? State Board of Education Removes Speech Requirement From High School Graduation Standards http://kut.org/post/state-board-education-removes-speech-requirement-high-school-graduation-standards <p>The State Board of Education preliminarily voted Thursday to remove speech as one of the required courses for high school graduation in Texas.</p><p>The board opted to give local school districts final say on whether or not high school students should be required to take speech. Board Member Tom Maynard says speech is a valuable class, but local school districts should decide whether or not it’s required.</p><p>“When in doubt, leave it to the locals to decide that. I suspect either most districts will hold on to that or embed that content in other coursework," Maynard said during Thursday's meeting.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:09:11 +0000 Kate McGee 9241 at http://kut.org State Board of Education Removes Speech Requirement From High School Graduation Standards New Accountability Standards Add Uncertainty to Failing Austin Schools http://kut.org/post/new-accountability-standards-add-uncertainty-failing-austin-schools <p>The Austin School Board approved a set of plans Monday night for 11 schools that need improvement under the Texas Education Agency’s&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/your-kids-campus-will-get-letter-grade-next-school-year">new accountability standards</a>.</p><p>But as it rolls out year-long plans requiring monthly TEA visits and evaluations, it awaits new changes to the standards for this academic year.</p><p>“It’s going to keep us very focused," says Paul Cruz, AISD Chief Schools Officer. "We don’t know what the performance standards are going to be,&nbsp;but that’s also for every school in state of Texas."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117625268" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9043 at http://kut.org New Accountability Standards Add Uncertainty to Failing Austin Schools Textbook Standards, Charter Schools, Graduation Requirements Keep Education Board Busy http://kut.org/post/textbook-standards-charter-schools-graduation-requirements-keep-education-board-busy <p>This week was a busy one for Texas education. Here's what we picked up.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:23:18 +0000 KUT Staff 8738 at http://kut.org Textbook Standards, Charter Schools, Graduation Requirements Keep Education Board Busy The Lead: AMD Sale-Lease Deal, Pot Bill Pending, STAAR Test http://kut.org/post/lead-amd-sale-lease-deal-pot-bill-pending-staar-test <p>Good morning!&nbsp;<a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1">Highs</a><a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1"> in the mid-70’s</a> today bring perfect weather for <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South By Southwest</a> music fans.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: <a href="http://www.amd.com/us/Pages/AMDHomePage.aspx">Advanced Micro Devices</a> says it is selling its southwest Austin campus and leasing it back.&nbsp;AMD says it won’t affect operations, but it will free up about $164 million in cash.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:21:57 +0000 KUT Staff 6936 at http://kut.org The Lead: AMD Sale-Lease Deal, Pot Bill Pending, STAAR Test Education Chief: Leave Gun Decisions to Districts http://kut.org/post/education-chief-leave-gun-decisions-districts <p>As Texas lawmakers have <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/villalba-allow-teachers-carry-concealed-guns">discussed adding more armed guards to campuses</a> or training staff members to carry weapons, Education Commissioner Michael Williams <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/01/10/triblive-williams-on-guns-in-schools/">told the Texas Tribune</a> that it’s a good discussion for lawmakers to have, but he would like to see some local discretion.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:23:15 +0000 Laura Rice 6141 at http://kut.org Education Chief: Leave Gun Decisions to Districts Perry: Let School Districts Decide on 15 Percent Rule http://kut.org/post/perry-let-school-districts-decide-15-percent-rule <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Gov.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">&nbsp;is expressing his support for letting school districts themselves choose whether to implement a rule that requires new state assessments to count for 15 percent of high school students' final grades.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">In a written statement Thursday — the first time the governor has publicly weighed in on the issue —&nbsp; Perry praised legislation filed by state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, that would leave the decision up to local school districts. He also asked Texas Education 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;to defer the state's rollout of the rule until the next school year.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:12:57 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 5780 at http://kut.org Perry: Let School Districts Decide on 15 Percent Rule How Advanced Placement Success Could Save Texas Students Millions http://kut.org/post/how-advanced-placement-success-could-save-texas-students-millions <p>Education Commissioner Michael L. Williams and the Texas Education Agency&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147509430" target="_blank">announced this week</a>&nbsp; that the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams rose by four percent in the 2011-2012 school year.</p><p><a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html" target="_blank">The Advanced Placement Program </a>allows high school students to take college-level courses and ultimately exams that they can earn college credit for. The tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 . A score of 3 or higher is considered satisfactory. Last year, 194,391 Texas students took 350,700 AP exams.</p><p><a href="http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf">The College Board</a>, which created and oversees the AP program, estimates that if all of the students who scored a 5 on the exams last year enrolled in one of the state’s two flagship universities and received course credit, they would collectively save between $36.2 million and $42.9 million in tuition costs.</p><p>This news comes at a time when climbing <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-rick-perry-calls-college-tuition-freeze">college tuition rates are a major talking point in Texas</a>, and on the cusp of a legislative session that will likely address these issues.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:52:51 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5291 at http://kut.org How Advanced Placement Success Could Save Texas Students Millions Should Texas Embrace Virtual Schools? http://kut.org/post/should-texas-embrace-virtual-schools <p>The Texas Senate Education Committee is<a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/schedules/html/C5302012100809001.HTM" target="_blank"> holding a hearing</a>&nbsp;to address virtual education and its growing use in Texas. Committee members will hear testimony on virtual education and recommendations to improve programs that are underperforming.&nbsp;</p><p>Texas offers both supplemental and full-time virtual education. Students in supplemental programs take online courses in addition to attending traditional face-to-face classes. Those enrolled in virtual schools full-time get all of their instruction online and don’t receive any classroom instruction.</p><p>The number of students enrolled in virtual schools in Texas is growing rapidly. Raise Your Hand Texas, an education policy non-profit, <a href="http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org/blog/infographic/accountability-and-virtual-schools-how-do-they-measure-up-annually/#.UHK83Y7JLx4" target="_blank">reports that enrollment in virtual education programs</a> grew 97 percent in the past six years. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 17,000 Texas students were enrolled in supplemental online courses.&nbsp; Last school year, 6,000 students were enrolled in full-time virtual programs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:56:12 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5267 at http://kut.org Should Texas Embrace Virtual Schools? Gov. Perry Names Michael Williams TEA Commissioner http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-names-michael-williams-tea-commissioner <p>A former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Michael Williams, will be the new Texas Commissioner of Education, <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/413906-gov-perry-announces-williams-as-tea-chief.html">Governor Rick Perry announced today</a>. Williams will assume the post September 1. He will become the first African-American to lead the Texas Education Agency.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:58:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 4958 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Names Michael Williams TEA Commissioner Texas “Very Unlikely” To Seek NCLB Waiver This Year http://kut.org/post/texas-%E2%80%9Cvery-unlikely%E2%80%9D-seek-nclb-waiver-year <p>The Texas Education Agency is waiting until the federal government rolls out more details in September before deciding whether to seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:02:16 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2170 at http://kut.org Texas “Very Unlikely” To Seek NCLB Waiver This Year Texas School Ratings Drop With Change in Formula http://kut.org/post/texas-school-ratings-drop-change-formula <p>The number of schools considered &ldquo;academically unacceptable&rdquo; by the state<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147501866"> skyrocketed from 104 in 2010 to 569 this year</a>. It was largely because the Texas Education Agency <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/state-education-boss-scraps-controversial-texas-projection-measure">stopped using the Texas Projection Measure</a>, a formula that gave credit to failing schools if they were mathematically predicted to pass in the future.</p><p>Commissioner Robert Scott says that&rsquo;s still only 7 percent of all public schools in Texas.</p><p>&ldquo;The system is designed to make campuses focus on their weaknesses and cause improvement,&rdquo; Scott said. &ldquo;One year academically unacceptable, most of those campuses will come off that list in a year.&rdquo; Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:56:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2088 at http://kut.org Texas School Ratings Drop With Change in Formula Texas School Accountability Ratings Due Today http://kut.org/post/texas-school-accountability-ratings-due-today <p>The <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/">Texas Education Commissioner</a> will release this year&#39;s school ratings at 1 p.m. Austin ISD will hold a news conference to talk about its results at 2 p.m.</p><p>The annual accountability ratings helps parents compare their children&#39;s schools to others in the district or state. Consistently low performing schools risk being shut down.</p><p>The ratings are compiled through a combination of standardized test scores, graduation rates and drop-out rates.&nbsp; Schools are categorized as exemplary, recognized, academically acceptable and academically unacceptable.</p><p>Check back on kutnews.org as the ratings are released. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:03:33 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 2077 at http://kut.org Texas School Accountability Ratings Due Today TEA Announces 178 Additional Layoffs http://kut.org/post/tea-announces-178-additional-layoffs <p>The Texas Education Agency announced another 178 employees will be laid off this week. This is in addition to the 91 employees that were laid off in February of this year.</p><p>In addition to the 269 terminated employees, 58 employees retired or resigned and 16 were transferred.</p><p>The layoffs mean TEA will see a 32% reduction in staff due to a $48 million--or 36%--budget cut from the state.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:12:57 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 1939 at http://kut.org TEA Announces 178 Additional Layoffs Top Morning Stories July 13, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-july-13-2011 <p><strong>Police Monitor&#39;s Report Gives APD a Mixed Review</strong></p><p>Austin&rsquo;s police monitor has released an annual&nbsp;report for 2010.&nbsp;The report says complaints filed against APD officers are down.&nbsp;753 complaints were filed last year compared to 913 in 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>The report says data on traffic stops show police don&rsquo;t pull people over based on race and ethnicity, but what happens after the stop is different.&nbsp; African-Americans are almost three times as likely as whites to be searched, while Hispanics are over twice as likely as whites to be searched. Despite the disparity, APD did not find minorities had contraband at a rate significantly higher than whites. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:51:16 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 1938 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories July 13, 2011 TEA Releases Statewide TAKS Results http://kut.org/post/tea-releases-statewide-taks-results <p>It&rsquo;s the last full year that the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills will be administered to students in this state before <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/">a new standardized test</a> takes it place, and the Texas Education Agency is heralding the exam as a resounding success.</p><p>TEA released statewide results today, and said passing rates on every test in every grade level improved dramatically since the exam was first given in 2003.</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 22:03:39 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1575 at http://kut.org TEA Releases Statewide TAKS Results State Education Boss Scraps Controversial Texas Projection Measure http://kut.org/post/state-education-boss-scraps-controversial-texas-projection-measure <p>A contentious calculation used by the state to measure academic performance at schools will be abandoned, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott <a href="http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2011/standardfinal.pdf">announced today</a>. The Texas Projection Measure (TPM) counted some students as passing, even if they failed, as long as they were algorithmically predicted to pass in the future. TPM had long drawn the ire of conservative business leaders, minority education activists and progressive policy groups.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 20:16:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1288 at http://kut.org State Education Boss Scraps Controversial Texas Projection Measure Top Morning Stories February 23, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-february-23-2011 <p><strong>Poll Shows Growing Support for Casinos in Texas</strong></p><p>A majority of Texas voters are ready for full blown casinos in the state.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to a new poll by UT and our political reporting partner The Texas Tribune.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:03:23 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 837 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories February 23, 2011 Austin ISD Fails To Meet Federal Academic Standards For Second Year http://kut.org/post/austin-isd-fails-meet-federal-academic-standards-second-year <p>We already knew the Austin Independent School District missed federal <a href="http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ayp/">Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)</a> standards this year, but the district held out hope it could appeal and improve its ranking.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:15:03 +0000 Nathan Bernier 467 at http://kut.org Austin ISD Fails To Meet Federal Academic Standards For Second Year