ERIC Number: ED435729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student Assessment and Performance. Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education. A Special Report of the Texas Kids Count Project.
Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.; Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.
This report focuses on the standards and test schools used to measure student and school performance in Texas. The primary method for evaluating the academic achievement of Texas public school students is a standardized test called the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). A review of TAAS scores and their uses suggests that the TAAS test may be given too much weight in the Texas educational system for evaluating students and schools. The TAAS is used not only for student assessment and school evaluation, but is also used to decide if students are ready to graduate. Although an increasing number of students are passing the TAAS, there is still substantial need for improvement. Fair learning standards should be based on a realistic assessment of the skills and knowledge that a student will need in college or the workplace. All children should have similar learning opportunities. High standards are the beginning, but students also need the belief that they have the ability to succeed. The Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas, demonstrates the success possible when the vision of the school district makes academic success nonnegotiable. Ysleta students are passing the TAAS at higher rates than in any other large urban district in the state. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 23 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.; Center for the Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills