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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CSCOPE Changes Focus of Confusion at SBOE Meeting

State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.
State Board of Education member-elect Thomas Ratliffe speaks to a special hearing on history in the Capitol Extension.

UPDATED: The State Board of Education will take up the issue of whether school districts can continue to use lessons from a controversial state curriculum system at its September meeting. And the Texas Attorney General's office, along with Education Chairman Dan Patrick, has requested an official state audit of the program.

Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.

Perry Signs High School Curriculum, Testing Bill

Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 5 on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that he might veto the high-profile education legislation that adjusts high school graduation standards. The governor said the measure reflected an "appropriate balance between a need for rigorous academics and flexibility" and had "come a long way" to address the concerns of its critics.

Efforts to Reform Teacher Evaluations in Texas Falter

Some critics of Texas' largely subjective state teacher evaluations want them to include more emphasis on objective measures of student performance like standardized exams. But efforts to change the system, which teachers themselves say is flawed, have hit a roadblock as lawmakers react to pressure to scale back state testing.

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.

Senate Panel Discusses Scrutiny of Testing Contracts

The procedures that led to the state's five-year, $468 million standardized testing contract with Pearson were the focus of a Senate panel's hearing Tuesday on legislation that would change how the state handles future agreements.

 

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/1/13

Batheja on a House budget without vouchers or Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on obstacles to a new power plant in El Paso, Permenter on deer breeder regulations, E. Smith’s interview with San Antonio’s Castro twins, Galbraith on proposals for new underground water reservoirs, Root finds holes in a UT regent's appointment files, M. Smith on a planned school rating system that defied recommendations, Murphy maps oil and gas disposal wells in Texas, Dehn on objections to a bigger Medicaid program and Hamilton on efforts to lure gun makers to Texas: The best of our best for the week of April 1-5, 2013.

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.

Senators Grill TEA Chief on Testing, School Funding

When Commissioner Michael Williams appeared before state senators Wednesday to testify on the upper chamber's education budget, they took the opportunity to probe the new agency chief on student assessments and funding for remedial tutoring.

After Scandal, El Paso Program Looks to Aid Dropouts

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As the El Paso school district continues to reel from a testing scandal, a district program is focusing on the students who dropped out as a result of pressure from school officials. Alpha Initiative staffers have visited the homes of hundreds of onetime students, hoping to persuade them to return to school.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams, a former railroad commissioner, is shown at a TribLive event on Jan. 27, 2011.

Texas to Apply for No Child Left Behind Waiver

Texas plans to join the more than 30 states that have already asked for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act's requirements, according to a letter new state Education Commissioner Michael Williams sent school districts Thursday. 

New Marketplace Emerges After Textbook Buying Changes

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A year ago, Texas drastically changed the way it regulates school district purchases of instructional materials. Last week, the Texas Association of School Boards opened up a new marketplace with more than 100,000 options for districts to choose from, but some are still wary of making purchases.