SBOE chair Donna Bahorich

Conservatives Win Big in Texas Education Board Races

Although their races were not nearly as dramatic as was the U.S. presidential election that won the White House for Republican candidate Donald J. Trump, Texas conservatives, many of them incumbents, won big in their bids for State Board of Education (SBOE) on Tuesday.

FRANCE : PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS Reportage in Les Hélices Vertes primary school in Cerny, France. Year 5, year 6 multi-level class. AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP

Scrapped STAAR Scores Add to Frustrations Over Standardized Testing in Texas

Absolutely everything under the sun that could go wrong with this year’s State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) did. Failures ranged from online testing glitches and vanishing answers, to missing test score results. It added to the growing frustration many feel about standardized testing in Texas public education.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, a student works in an eight grade algebra class at Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush, N.Y. The Diocese of Albany, New York, announced recently that it will reduce the frequency of the Common Core-aligned tests while sticking with the standards. The decision …

Texas Officials Name ‘Assessments and Accountability’ Education Commission Picks

Top Texas officials named 11 of 15 appointees to the newly created public education Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, authorized through the passage of House Bill 2804 during the 84th legislative session. The short-term 15-member commission’s sole purpose is to write a report that develops and makes recommendations “for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability” which is due by September 1, 2016.

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