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Comment of the Day: HISD, TAKS, Spinning & Responsibility

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HISD released the latest TAKS results, and spokesman Jason Spencer wasn't pleased we went ahead and reported the numbers before the district spin could be properly applied. One reader responded to Spencer's comment.

leslie wrote:

If Grier would hold himself as accountable as he is holding everyone else, maybe he could do us all a favor and fire Terry Grier. Instead, if the Chron article is to be believed, he'll blame special education students and find some crazy way to read "improvement" into these disappointing numbers. And then he'll insist if we just centralize curriculum, we'll be able to turn it all around. But in reality, we're going to "centralize" ourselves out of anything that's working at those few schools remaining exemplary (look for big changes to magnet schools as the next step).

In the meantime, teachers, principals, and magnet coordinators are all under supreme stress. These scores are just the dead canary in the coalmine.

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