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Accountability – Texas Style June 17, 2013

Posted by latinoschoolleaders in Principal Effectiveness.
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PLC’s at work reviewing assessment data

In Texas, we recently passed the 45th day of state assessments. In literal terms, that means half a semester of school.

At the middle school level, our seventh graders have already taken the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math tests while our eighth graders have taken ELA, Math, Science and American History I tests. At the high school level, our 11th graders have already taken their versions of the same four tests: English III, Algebra II, Physics, and American History II. This past week, our ninth graders took Algebra 1, Biology and World Geography tests. Next week, our 10th graders will finish the testing season by taking their English II, Chemistry, and World History tests. To those of you not from Texas, I welcome you to State Assessments 101 – Texas style!

Did I mention that we started the school year with almost 40 twelfth graders who still needed to pass at least one of the 11th grade tests in order to graduate this school year? Over the course of those laste 45 days, we whittled that number of seniors down to about a dozen. In Texas, for most students, it doesn’t matter if you pass all your classes, receive all your credits or have a high GPA. If you don’t pass all your 11th grade state assessments you cannot graduate.