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Texas House Easily Passes Bill Overhauling School A-F Ratings System

May 3, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

The House passed a major overhaul Wednesday of a rating system that would give schools and districts grades between A and F.

Texas House Education Committee Backs Bill Overhauling A-F System

Apr 4, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

In a bittersweet victory for educators seeking edits to the state's proposed A-F system for grading Texas public schools and districts, the House Public Education Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday in favor of a bill that would drastically change the system.

Education Committee Chairs Push Major Edits To A-F Ratings For Schools

Mar 16, 2017
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

A controversial grading system for Texas public schools and districts, set for deployment in 2018, could dramatically change if the state's top two public education legislators have their way.

Graphic by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

The superintendents and elected school boards of 11 Texas districts — including Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth — have been ordered by the state education agency to attend two-day training programs to learn how to fix their failing schools.

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The Texas Education Agency has just released its 2014 accountability ratings for schools, and several North Texas school districts received a distinction designation for post-secondary readiness.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Education Agency monitors are in Dallas this week to see how the district is fixing its 34 worst-performing schools.

Children at Risk

Spanish and English guides for Dallas and Fort Worth public schools just came out from the non-profit organization Children at Risk.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Renowned education reformer Geoffrey Canada told Dallas school and business leaders they could better their own schools with money, hard work and high standards. Canada improved long-failing Harlem schools with his Harlem Children’s Zone, launched in 1983. 

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

This month, when the state handed out its newest version of school district ratings, Richardson once again scored more accolades than almost any other district in the state.  How do they do it?

The state’s new school accountability system came out last week and many folks are still looking at how schools in their area fared and what it all means. Education Reporter Matthew Haag at The Dallas Morning News points out how four Dallas public schools did what only 22 other Texas schools did — go from the lowest rating of “academically unacceptable” under the previous accountability system to “met standard” under the new ratings. It was the most of any school district.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

  UPDATE The Texas Education Agency accountability ratings reveal most school districts – 92.5% - achieved the new, acceptable rating “Met Standard.” Both Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School Districts “Met Standard.” there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Some headlines today – including ours – focused on the high number Dallas and Fort Worth schools Texas just declared academically unacceptable. Here’s a different perspective on the numbers.