RELEASE: FIRST MEETING OF THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON NEXT GENERATION ASSESSMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY ANNOUNCED
The first meeting of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016. The commission, created by House Bill 2804, recognizes the need to continue making sure our children are being prepared to succeed in college or the workforce and provides a method to generate new solutions to reach that goal. To that end, the commission will use existing statewide data to make recommendations for new and adapted learning standards, assessments, and accountability systems. Read the full press release here.
RELEASE: APPOINTEES NAMED TO THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON NEXT GENERATION ASSESSMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
TIER commends Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Joe Straus on their appointments to the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. Mike Morath will serve as the Presiding Officer, and he will be joined by Kim Alexander, Paul Castro, Pauline Dow, Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Andrew Kim, Michael K. McLendon, Catherine Susser, Theresa Trevino, and Quinton Vance. Read the full press release here.
RELEASE: PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY ASSESSMENTS
Responding to complaints that the burden of testing has become too great in American schools, President Obama rolled out a new Testing Action Plan on Saturday. The plan calls for a cap on the amount of time students spend during the school year to 2 percent, while reducing the amount of redundant, non-aligned, and unnecessary assessments. Read the full press release here.
TIER'S CHAIRMAN RECEIVES TEXAS LULAC'S 2015 CONSCIENCE BUILDER AWARD
TIER is pleased to announce that Jim Windham, TIER’s founder and chairman, has been awarded the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens’ prestigious Conscience Builder Award. Windham has been a fearless advocate for public education in the state of Texas for over a decade and a constant friend of Texas’ LULAC organization. Both have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight for an equitable public education system that provides opportunities for all students and seeks to close the achievement gap present between students of different races. Read the full press release here.
TIER STANDS IN SUPPORT OF HIGH GRADUATION STANDARDS
Executive Director, Courtney Boswell, spoke out against Senate Bill 149, which provides a process to exempt high school students from meeting Texas' graduation requirements. Currently those include passing five end-of-course exams: English I and II, Algebra I, Biology and US History. "My concern is for the student. Why is that student getting to their junior and senior year and not able to perform on these tests?" she said. Read the full article here.