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It's Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas, Too

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

There's ample evidence that state officials have put the lazy in laissez faire when it comes to providing effective oversight of Pearson's massive contract.

Texas Test Wars: A New Hope

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Parents are refusing to let schools give their kids the tests. Teachers are refusing to administer the tests. School boards are begging for relief from testing mandates. That's all nice, say the dwindling number of defenders of linking accountability to standardized testing, but if we got rid of tests what would you replace them with?

Rick Perry's Worst Veto

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

By conflating testing with curriculum, Perry's veto of a testing relief bill aimed at the playground set revealed that he doesn't understand what happens in Texas elementary schools.

In Birthplace of High-stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on Its Godfather

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Nowhere is the movement against high-stakes testing as strong as it is in Texas where all this started. Now, 86 percent of the state's school boards have adopted resolutions opposing the over-reliance on high-stakes testing.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

When he campaigned for his Houston-area legislative seat last year, Democrat Gene Wu heard so many complaints from parents and teachers about Texas' new standardized test that he took the 5th grade math test himself.

Is Texas Ending High-Stakes Testing?

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

As of last month, 86 percent of Texas school boards representing 91 percent of the state's 5 million public school students had adopted resolutions opposing high-stakes testing.

Computer Glitch Prevents Thousands Of Students From Taking Exam

Posted 12.04.2012 | Education

Thousands of Texas students couldn't finish the electronic version of a state-mandated, end-of-course exam due to a computer glitch Monday, the Austin...

Texas High Schoolers See Relief From High-Stakes Testing Rule

Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

For a second year, Texas high schools will not be required to count new end-of-course exams as part of a student's grade, Texas Education Commissioner...

Texas Education Agency Seeks $1 Million For Exam Security

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

The Texas Education Agency is asking the state Legislature for $1 million for investigations into irregularities in student tests. Education Commis...

Expert: $8 Billion Needed For Texas Students To Meet New Academic Standards, Says School Finance Expert

Posted 10.31.2012 | Education

Texas will need to spend an additional $8 billion annually in order for its students to meet the state's new college and career-readiness standards, s...

The 'Disappeared' of El Paso

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

This is the worst testing scandal to come along under the high-stakes testing regime that rules our schools, but we have no right to act surprised. What happened in El Paso is not an aberration but an inevitable consequence of high-stakes standardized testing.

Time for Cooperation on Testing in Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

The fact that over-testing is corrupting our classrooms is a self-evident truth to teachers, parents and administrations.

Pearson Hits Back At Claims Texas Standardized Tests Have A Design Flaw

Posted 08.10.2012 | Education

Test publisher Pearson, which has a five-year, $468 million contract to create Texas’s state exams through 2015, has responded to research by Univer...

Fire Pearson

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

It's getting to the point that politicians are going to have to face what every public-school parent, teacher and administrator in this country knows: high-stakes testing doesn't work.

Educators Sanctioned In Cheating Scandals Get Recycled At Other Schools

texas watchdog | Steve Miller | Posted 06.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Texas Watchdog. Principal Robert Earl Peters Jr. left the Dallas school district in 2009 as the district and sta...

Could You Pass The 8th Grade By Today's Testing Standards?

Posted 03.30.2012 | Education

As Texas students started taking a new state-mandated test this week, districts across the state have gradually signed on to a resolution that says hi...

Sex and the Much Married Girl (A Salute to Zsa Zsa Gabor)

Staar | Posted 01.11.2012 | Celebrity
Staar

The true pioneer of gold-digging, man-hunting, jewel-grabbing, the one, the only (not counting her two sisters) Zsa Zsa Gabor. When she goes may she rest in piece(s) -- of diamonds and rubies.