Tag Archives: STAAR

Were kids actually smarter decades ago?: Student achievement data trends (NAEP, etc.)

To understand the success and failures of public education in United States and Texas (as measured by achievement tests), I ask the following research questions in this post: How do the nation’s public schools perform on the NAEP over the past several decades? Were kids actually smarter 30 years ago in the U.S? Also, how does Texas perform on state-mandated

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Mercy! A Skunk!?: Traditional Schools versus Charter School Achievement

Mercy! Mercy! From Wikipedia: A mercy rule, also well known by the slightly less polite term slaughter rule (or, less commonly, knockout rule and skunk rule), brings a sports event to an early end when one team has a very large and presumably insurmountable lead over the other team. It is called the mercy rule because it spares the losing

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JVH on KUT: “Education Experts Weigh Proposals’ Impact on Students”

Julian Vasquez Heilig gave an interview about “college” and “career” readiness to Veronica Zaragovia from KUT News. We briefly discussed the education bills passing through the Texas Legislature that are stirring debate on impact to students, especially minorities. See my earlier post Career and Tech: “Show me the money!” for thoughts on funding for career programs and the implications tracking students of color. Listen 1:49 Story as it

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Soiled Legacy: The Birth of No Child Left Behind in Texas

There have been several articles describing the “Don’t Mess with Texas Revolt” against its own approach to high-stakes testing and accountability that was legislated in No Child Left Behind. Many Texans, regardless of their political stripes, are fed up with the current approach to high-stakes testing and accountability birthed here in the Lone Star State. There is this recent article in

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Blackademics: Julian Vasquez Heilig @ KLRU PBS Feb 13, 2013

Join KLRU for the live taping of Blackademics: Education, Performance and Youth Empowerment Date: Wednesday February 13, 2013 Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map) RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now Join us for a live recording of nationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars as they offer dynamic talks on

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The High-Stakes Testing Playbook: False Bill of Goods?

In the summer of 2012, a Houston Chronicle editorial argued that the state was faced with “widespread panic” at the low levels of students passing the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), TEA and Pearson’s new testing regime. Don’t panic the scores will go up— and they will do so over the next 5-7 years or so as

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