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Morgan, Hani – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
In the twenty-first century, the use of standardized tests as the primary means to evaluate schools and teachers in the United States has contributed to severe dilemmas, including misleading information on what students know, lower-level instruction, cheating, less collaboration, unfair treatment of teachers, and biased teaching. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests, Educational Legislation
Harmon, Hobart L.; Smith, Keith – Edvantia (NJ1), 2007
This report pays tribute to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Rural Systemic Initiatives (RSIs), an investment of more than $140 million to improve mathematics and science education in some of rural America's most impoverished communities. The report illustrates the impact of NSF's RSI program on a national scale. Each RSI planned a project…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Poverty, Science Education, Mathematics Education
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Toenjes, Laurence A. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2005
A paper appearing in this journal by Klein, Hamilton, McCaffrey and Stecher (2000) attempted to raise serious questions about the validity of the gains in student performance as measured by Texas' standardized test, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). Part of their analysis was based on the results of three tests which they…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Test Validity, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Knight, Stephanie L.; Erlandson, David A. – Planning and Changing, 2003
The purpose of this article is to discuss an approach to analyzing the interactive effects of multiple reform efforts within a school or school district. The approach resulted from an intensive study of reform in one district in a state characterized by a strong accountability system. First, the authors present a brief history of educational…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Change, Accountability, Federal Legislation
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation. – 2002
This report provides annual information for the 2000-2001 school year on grade-level retention in the Texas public school system, based on the Public Education Information Management System. Data on retention are provided by grade, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, participation in special education, degree of English proficiency, and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English, Grade Repetition, Language Proficiency
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Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin. – 2001
This report provides a summary of test results from the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), including alternative tests taken for TASP purposes as authorized by state law, by student race/ethnicity for academic year 1999-2000. The results are provided for each Texas public university and community or technical college and for the entire state.…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, Alternative Assessment, College Students
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Haney, Walt – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2000
Summarizes the recent history of education reform and statewide testing in Texas. Suggest that analyses comparing Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) reading, writing, and mathematics scores with one another and relevant high school grades raise doubts about the reliability and validity of TAAS scores. Discusses these problems. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Educational Change, Grade Point Average
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Saucedo, Leticia M. – Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 2000
Reviews legal claims made by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of plaintiffs challenging the Texas graduation requirement that students pass the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. Discusses the requirement as a violation of minority students' equal protection and due process rights. Analyzes court actions and the…
Descriptors: Black Students, Court Litigation, Due Process, Educational Discrimination
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Valencia, Richard R. – Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 2000
Contests the State of Texas argument in the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) case that historical discrimination against African Americans and Mexican Americans is unrelated to their TAAS outcomes. Examines contemporary de facto school segregation, distribution of substandard teachers, and the relationship of these factors to student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Education, Court Litigation, Educational Discrimination
Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1998
This report presents results from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) tests administered in the spring of 1997 and results from end of course tests in Algebra and Biology. Only a slight decrease in the percentage passing the eighth-grade social studies test marred the otherwise across-the-board rise in percentages meeting minimum…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Algebra, Biology
Texas Education Agency, Austin. – 1996
The Texas Education Code requires the Commissioner of Education to develop and propose alternative methods of assessment for students who have not passed the exit level test. The goal of this requirement is an alternative mechanism by which a student can demonstrate the knowledge and skills measured by the exit level test and thus earn a high…
Descriptors: Accountability, Associate Degrees, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Assessment
Texas Kids Count Project, Austin. – 1998
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…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research. – 1996
School restructuring reforms have placed an increased emphasis on student outcomes as the primary qualitative measure of education systems. The Texas public school accountability system focuses attention on performance measured by standardized test scores (the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test), dropout rates, and attendance rates and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research. – 1998
"Snapshot '97," the 10th edition of this publication, provides information about students, student performance, staffing, and the financing of Texas public school districts. This annual summary is a useful source of information for anyone interested in the demographics of Texas schools, the resources available, and the improvements that…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Charter Schools, College Entrance Examinations
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Bussert-Webb, Kathy – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 1999
Relates the author's experiences teaching remedial reading in a Texas high school, where the state-mandated exit-level competency test heavily influences teaching. Discusses negative effects on students and on teachers. Describes how the author's teaching evolved from an emphasis on this basic skills test to a focus on engaging students in…
Descriptors: Discipline, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Attitudes
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