Tribpedia: Texas Education Agency

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees primary and secondary public education for the state, including setting accountability standards. The Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams, manages the TEA, and the agency works in conjunction with the State Board of Education (SBOE) in setting curriculum standards.

According to its website, the TEA:

  • manages the textbook adoption process;
  • oversees development of the ...

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A public education rally at the Capitol on March 11, 2013, sponsored by the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.
A public education rally at the Capitol on March 11, 2013, sponsored by the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

Houston Teachers Sue Over Student Test-Based Evaluation

Seven teachers, backed by the Houston branch of the American Federation of Teachers, are suing the Houston school district over a new approach tying standardized test results to pay and employment decisions. 

 

A student works on math problems in Keith Marquez's summer school geometry class at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.
A student works on math problems in Keith Marquez's summer school geometry class at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.

New Law Limits Standardized Tests, but Not Prep Work

House Bill 5, which reduced standardized testing in public high schools, also included a provision aimed at easing the pressure of high-stakes exams for students in lower grades. But a year later, the provision that was written to curb the time educators spent preparing students for standardized tests instead of teaching may not have had the intended effect.

 

 

 

Attorney General Greg Abbott promoting his pre-kindergarten education proposal on April 2, 2014, at the IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio.
Attorney General Greg Abbott promoting his pre-kindergarten education proposal on April 2, 2014, at the IDEA Carver Academy in San Antonio.

Abbott Campaign: Pre-K Plan Does Not Mean More Tests

After questions were raised about language in a policy proposal that appears to call for the biannual testing of pre-kindergarten students, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s campaign is clarifying his early education plan, saying he is not calling for such tests.

 

SBOE May Get Private Funds to See Out-of-State Charters

A proposal under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education would allow private foundations to pay for elected officials on the 15-member board to visit out-of-state charter schools whose applications they approve. Critics say private funds shouldn't pay for any part of a process used to evaluate whether charters should receive taxpayer money. 

Parc Smith, CEO of American YouthWorks, a dropout recovery charter school facing closure by the state, looks in a student locker.
Parc Smith, CEO of American YouthWorks, a dropout recovery charter school facing closure by the state, looks in a student locker.

Charter Serving High School Dropouts Fights Closure

As six charter schools face automatic closure under a new Texas law, the state is facing questions over the guidelines used to decide which schools to close — and whether the process unfairly handicaps schools that serve hard-to-reach students.

Students in Yvonne McDaniel's Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participate in English-language exercises during summer school at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.
Students in Yvonne McDaniel's Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participate in English-language exercises during summer school at McAllum High School in Austin, Texas, Jul. 31, 2013.

Texas Public School Students Lag Behind in Reading

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Texas public school students continue to lag behind the national average in reading scores, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress scores released Thursday.

 

After Misuse, a Push to Continue Tutoring Mandate

As No Child Left Behind awaits congressional reauthorization, the tutoring industry is energetically pushing federal policymakers to preserve funding for tutoring, either in the updated law or other legislation — lobbying efforts expected to be duplicated in Texas, where tutoring companies have cultivated powerful political ties. This is the fourth story in a series on the  program.

State Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind

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Under a federal waiver that was announced Monday, only the lowest-performing 15 percent of Texas public schools will be subject to a series of federally prescribed interventions. Before the waiver, nearly all of the state's school districts next year would have been subject to the measures because of a failure to meet the requirement that 100 percent of their students pass reading and math exams by 2014.

Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston gives opening remarks during CSCOPE debate on August 24th, 2013
Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston gives opening remarks during CSCOPE debate on August 24th, 2013

Dan Patrick Defends Charter School Bill Before SBOE

Key charter school legislation would not have passed during the last legislative session without a provision removing much of the State Board of Education's authority in approving applications, Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said Wednesday. 

 

Rally outside the TEA building where the Texas State Board of Education will be hearing public testimony on proposed new science textbooks on September 17th, 2013
Rally outside the TEA building where the Texas State Board of Education will be hearing public testimony on proposed new science textbooks on September 17th, 2013

Evolution, Textbook Review Focus of SBOE Hearing

A past Texas State Board of Education chairman and outspoken creationist urged his former colleagues on Tuesday to approve high school biology textbooks he said would "strike a final blow to the teaching of evolution." Don McLeroy's testimony diverged from other witnesses skeptical of evolution, who criticized the proposed textbooks for  inadequate coverage of alternatives to the scientific theory.

Texas Education Agency commissioner Michael Williams announces at a press conference that he is stripping all authority from the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees. The move comes in the wake of a cheating scandal that landed the former superintendent in federal prison.
Texas Education Agency commissioner Michael Williams announces at a press conference that he is stripping all authority from the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees. The move comes in the wake of a cheating scandal that landed the former superintendent in federal prison.

No Waiver for Texas on Testing for Younger Students

A state request to waive No Child Left Behind testing requirements for students in elementary and middle school has been denied by the federal government, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday. Texas is still waiting for a response to a separate, general waiver of the federal law.