Tests in Texas schools, known as the Texas Student Assessment Program, need to change.Tests need to be purposeful and provide substantive, meaningful information to teachers and parents about how to best support their students. Statewide assessments can be part of a reasonable and effective testing framework, but only if they are administered at a level that is in balance with the value they add to student learning.As of late, that has not been the case. But it doesn’t have to be this way.Read more
When people witness a police incident that seems wrong, video recording from a safe distance and sharing with social networks or apps provides a platform for advocacy for disenfranchised people.Read more
Niya Kenny has set a powerful example for the nation. She was arrested for standing up to a school resource officer when he viciously assaulted a fellow Spring Valley High School classmate in South Carolina. The video of the incident has sparked national outrage. We all should be outraged — by this incident and the plight of black girls nationwide.
Recent news that a gunman killed students and a professor at Umpqua Community College in southwestern Oregon is both shocking and disturbingly familiar in the United States. But aside from the needless violence and the debate about gun control laws, there is another, much less reported consequence of school shootings: teachers unwilling to enter or stay in the profession.Read more
More than 2.5 million children in elementary schools across Texas have one thing in common this time of year: They have teachers who need to meet with their parents or guardians about their successes, challenges and progress at school.Read more