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Report Card Day for Texas Schools

July 31st, 2009

Today, the Texas Education Agency released 2009 accountability for all School Districts and Campuses across Texas. Read the full report here.

First the good news. The number of Exemplary campuses rose from 43 in 2008 to 117, partly due to the new Texas Projection Measure. Now the bad: tougher rules for counting dropouts caused the number of Academically Unacceptable campuses to rise to 87 — the highest number ever.

Keller ISD to appeal “Academically Acceptable” TAKS rating

July 24th, 2009

When 2009 TAKS accountability ratings are announced on July 31, 2009 Keller ISD will be downgraded from Recognized to Academically Acceptable. However, KISD officials will appeal the results and are confident they can regain recognized status. Read the full article in the Keller Citizen here.

KISD claims that 2 of the 19 economically disadvantaged students identified as dropouts by the state actually did not leave school. If the dropout status of these two students is overturned, the districts dropout percentage will rise above 85 percent and the rating will change from recognized to academically acceptable.

The dropout issue highlights a problem faced by many suburban districts with low poverty rates. A single econonmically disadvantaged student graduating can make the difference between an acceptable or recognized rating. And the importance given to TAKS ratings has a domino effect on housing prices and municipal growth — another unintended consequence of a system designed for education accountability.

Ector County ISD TAKS Improvement Plan Features Interventionists

July 22nd, 2009

According to Odessa American online, Ector County ISD has announced a new TAKS improvement plan.  Read the entire article here.

One of the main roles of the interventionists will be to reduce the number of dropouts.  According to TEA, ECISD had a dropout rate of 7.7% in 2006-20007 — well above the state average dropout rate of 3.9%.

Like many large school districts ECISD is struggling to overcome community-wide issues which affect TAKS ratings.  Interventionists are a great idea that are sure to help.

Felony Charges possible in Lang Middle School TAKS investigation

July 21st, 2009

Tawnell Hobbs, education reporter for the Dallas Morning News reports that the individuals responsible for TAKS math test irregularities at Lang Middle School could face felony charges.  Read her full report here.

Dallas ISD officials are conducting an internal investigation, after which the results will be handed over to the Texas Education Agency for possible prosecution.