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Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws

Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws

Aug 9, 2012

Testing Firm Hits Back Against Claims of Flaws by Morgan Smith The state’s test vendor has fired back at research from a University of Texas at Austin professor that calls into question the method it uses to develop Texas standardized exams, saying that his claims lack factual evidence. Denny Way, the senior vice president for measurement services at...

Texas Schools Face New Rules on Financial Hardship

Texas Schools Face New Rules on Financial Hardship

Nov 24, 2011

by Morgan Smith, The Texas Tribune The Texas Education Agency has released new guidelines that set tough thresholds for school districts hoping to take advantage of special legal exemptions passed by the Legislature and intended to help schools cope with significant budget cuts. A school district’s declaration of  “financial exigency” is necessary to...

Texas Teachers Say Classes Growing, Layoffs Widespread

by Morgan Smith via The Texas Tribune Since the Legislature’s intention to cut $5.4 billion from public education became a reality, one question has dominated the conversation: just how bad will it be? Not everyone comes up with the same answer. But the Texas American Federation of Teachers, the state branch of the nationwide teachers association, has...

Time to Ask Texas Voters What They Really Want

by Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune The line to get a driver’s license at one Houston location is so long, according to Tommy Williams, that a guy called in a pizza order, got it delivered to him, and finished eating before he got to the front of the line. Williams, R-The Woodlands, uses the line in a speech, so it might or might not be precisely accurate. But...