Standardized Testing

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Pass/Fail: The Education Lobby Begins to Flex Its Muscles

    We need to improve our education system. Every politician, from dog catcher to president, from socialist Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz, would support this statement. What they really mean though is that we need to improve our nation's inner-city schools; the children of the wealthy are doing just fine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Apollo 20 Pluses and Minuses at Mid-Year

    Photo by Margaret DowningApollo 20 in action at Ryan Middle School​During Saturday's tutoring session for 6th to 8th graders at Ryan Middle School, students were first asked to fill out a multiplication grid table going from 1 times 1 on up. Claudia J. "Coach" Sylvester told them it was "not c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    DeBakey High Racks Up Another Honor

    ​Honors are nothing unusual for the Houston school district's DeBakey High School. And frankly, after you've been named Best High School after an extensive study by the Houston Press, everything else is a bit of an anti-climax.But we guess the folks there will still accept the latest good news, fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Divisive or Not, HISD Board Approves New Way to Target Failing Teachers

    ​This is the tale of two teachers. Each of them inherit fifth-graders who test out at the start of the school year, on average, at third grade, fifth month. The kids are from the same neighborhood. They have identical demographics: roughly the same number come from single-parent homes, live in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    SAT Scores Ain't Getting Much Better In Texas Or Anywhere

    ​For U.S. kids who are tested more than any previous generation, it just doesn't seem like we're getting the hang of it. SAT scores for the class of 2009 were released today and like the ACT scores released earlier this month they didn't bring particularly happy news for Texas as for the most ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008
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    March 2, 2006

    The Also-Rans

    The schools who could have been contenders

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    Houston's Best Public High Schools

    Counting down: Our sixth- through tenth-place finishers

  • News

    October 5, 2000


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