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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Isaac calls for suspension of Texas’ STAAR exam

A state representative who has passed legislation aimed at reeling in Texas’ standardized testing regime is calling on the state to ditch required STAAR exams while it “tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.”

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Workforce commissioner: STAAR testing system badly broken

Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken said Thursday that the state's current public education accountability system is "broken and badly in need of fixing."

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Initial STAAR results are mixed bag for San Marcos CISD

San Marcos CISD students met state averages in two of five tests administered to mostly ninth graders and exceeded them in another, according to a first glimpse of STAAR testing data released by the school district. They...

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Brad Rollins’ Blog: How bad can San Marcos STAAR scores be?

San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Ead's decision to withhold districtwide STAAR results from the public can only beg one question: How bad is it?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

San Marcos trustees adopt pilot math curriculum for Miller

After much debate, San Marcos CISD trustees voted last month to adopt a math program intended get students learning algebra in eighth grade. Traditionally, elementary and middle school students are not taught algebra and the Texas Education...

Friday, August 5th, 2011

San Marcos CISD meets federal standards; three campuses do not

San Marcos CISD as a whole and a six of its campuses met the federal government's yearly academic progress standard based on standardized test scores. Two elementary schools and San Marcos High School fell short.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Bowie Elementary honored for 'exemplary' ranking

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz recently presented a proclamation from the city recognizing the Bowie Elementary School's staff and students for their efforts in gaining another "exemplary" ranking from the Texas Education Agency.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Hays CISD receives 24 GPAs

Hays CISD schools have been awarded 24 Gold Performance Acknowledgements (GPAs)based on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) performance ratings. Thirteen of the eighteen campuses were given one or more GPAs.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Hays CISD Channel: Nine schools receive ‘gold performance’ marks from TEA

Nine Hays CISD campuses received Gold Performance Acknowledgements from the Texas Education Agency for achievements other than those used to determine accountability to the state.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

From San Marcos CISD: TAKS scores generally rise according to preliminary results

IN THE SAN MARCOS CISD CHANNEL: San Marcos school district officials say preliminary TAKS scores indicate a rise in the majority of test scores overall and for various subpopulations.