The Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, a group of 22 school districts charged with informing the governor, Texas Legislature, State Board of Education, and commissioner of education on methods for improving student learning in Texas public schools, has delivered its biennial report to policymakers.
Districts are implementing their own systems because they realize that accountability is important but that the current system — as well as the A-F system that is coming — are based primarily on standardized test scores and therefore not designed to provide the meaningful feedback they need to keep improving.
Prosper ISD is giving a team of high school students the opportunity to try their hand at comedy with a student-run TV show launched in September as part of the school's scholastic broadcast program.
Sunnyvale ISD, a Consortium Associate district east of Dallas, recently opened a next-generation learning space at its middle school.
Starting this school year, Beeville ISD, a Consortium Associate district, became the first Texas school district to make computer science a requirement for all 3,500 students at its six campuses.
Consortium Associate Mesquite ISD is creating prototype classrooms in the district's high schools that use flexible furniture and technology to get students collaborating and asking questions so they learn from each other.
On November 17, 2015, the State Board of Education brought together experts for a day-long summit at the Texas Capitol to explore the pros and cons of a rapidly changing classroom environment that includes more digital products and technology each year and its impact on Texas students.
Consortium district Round Rock ISD opened Joe Lee Johnson, the district’s first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) academy in August 2016. The school is aligned with the district’s strategic plan, which centers on creating flexible programs and learning environments for 21st century learning.
In Amarillo ISD, a Consortium Associate district, pre-K through fifth-grade teachers meet each Tuesday after school in a campus computer lab for “Techno Tuesday.” The hour-long weekly gathering is designed to help teachers become more tech savvy as the school district places a renewed focus on using digital resources.
TASA, in cooperation with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), hosted a special summit for members of the TASA School Transformation Network (STN) and other district leaders interested in next-generation assessment and accountability on November 30, 2016.
Education Reimagined, a nationwide initiative of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, recently featured Alamo Heights ISD, a Consortium Associate district, in its magazine devoted to learner-centered education.
Stephenville ISD is one of only two districts in the state (19 nationally) to be accepted into the national League of Innovative Schools, a coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by the Digital Promise.
The TASA/TASB Convention in Houston September 23-25 will feature a number of sessions related to school transformation.
MISSION: School Transformation was featured in the September/October 2016 issue of Texas School Business magazine.
A big part of digital learning is learning how to be safe in the digital world. In Clear Creek ISD, a Texas High Performance Schools Consortium district, students are learning social media responsibility in the classroom — a lesson to help make them future-ready.
"In the 21st century it’s not the teacher being the holder of all knowledge, it’s the student discovering knowledge with direction from the teacher."
Klein ISD in Region 4, a Texas High Performance Schools Consortium district, has implemented the Future Ready 21 project, which will provide every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8 with an electronic device over the next five years.
The Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability held its seventh and final meeting July 27 and voted on its final recommendations to the Legislature.
More than 900 Texas educators gathered July 27-28, 2016, for the Community Schools Transformation Alliance (CSTA) second annual Revolutionizing Learning Conference.
TEA is collecting information from educators regarding the scope of student expectations for each grade level/course as part of the streamlining process for the science TEKS.
"The remarkable transition my school district, Clear Creek ISD, made to learner-centered learning is a case study for how we can transform the public school system."
On July 6, the U.S. Department of Education released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. Together, they implement provisions of Title I of ESSA that seek to ensure states administer high-quality assessments that are worth taking and provide meaningful data about student success and equity, while also encouraging states and districts to continue to push the field of assessment forward through innovation.
Three of the 10 winners of the U.S. Department of Education's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge are Texas high schools.
Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, superintendent of Weatherford ISD, a TASA School Transformation Network member, talked to the Weatherford Democrat about the need for a shift in the focus of statewide standardized testing.
Lancaster ISD in Region 10, a Texas High Performance Schools Consortium district, has launched a partnership with city officials to implement a multi-faceted plan called Village 2020 to improve opportunities for future generations.
Texas ESCs/districts have until July 11, 2016, to apply to participate in a writing pilot program created by Rep. Gary Van Deaver’s HB 1164 that offers flexibility from current law on writing assessment.
In an editorial on the implementation of HB 2804, which requires A-F ratings for school districts, a TASB master trustee wrote that community-based accountability is a more positive solution.
On May 10, TASA sent a letter to Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath and key legislative staff that outlines problems that have been reported by school districts across the state with recent administrations of the STAAR.
Amarillo ISD, a Consortium Associates district, is launching its Profile of a Graduate initiative, a collaboration between district leadership and the community aimed at developing graduates who are ready for the rapidly changing 21st century and the local workforce.
The goals of House Bill 5 are simple: Allow students to take meaningful courses that suit their interests; align those courses with the expectations of higher education and the workforce; provide opportunities for students in all sectors of our economy; and increase collaboration among K-12 schools, colleges and the business community.
Texas schools are shifting rapidly from print to digital content. Cheap devices, open resources, and engaging and dynamic content are driving this historic shift in how children learn.
At a TASA Midwinter Conference breakout session in Austin this past January, participants discussed strategies for advancing next-generation learning. Here’s what the school administrators in attendance had to say.
The convergence of state and national initiatives to transform the learning environment for America’s schools is evident now more than ever. The continuing work of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium and the national initiative, Education Reimagined, are both contributing to the conversation about transforming education.
The 2016 TASA Spring Leadership Conference, MISSION: School Transformation – Vision-Driven Instruction and Leadership, was designed for TASA School Transformation Network subscribers but open to all Texas school leaders committed to school transformation.
In a letter to the commissioner of education in response to STAAR administration glitches, Karen Rue, co-chair of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Steering Committee, raised larger issues concerning accountability testing in Texas.
In January 2016, the Vision in Practice blog was created — by Texas educators for Texas educators — to provide insight into classrooms, campuses, and districts that are transforming teaching and learning to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.
Representatives of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium provided the Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability with recommendations related to assessment and accountability on February 23.
In September 2015, an exciting effort to reimagine education that began two years before went public when Education Reimagined released A Transformational Vision for Education in the U.S.
In December 2015, the University Interscholastic League announced that it will host the first-ever UIL robotics pilot program to begin during the 2015-16 academic school year.
Students learn engineering and technology in a fun, hands-on environment.
In September 2015, Newsweek ranked Early College High School in Harlingen CISD, a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, as one of the top high schools in the nation for preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles related to economic disadvantage.
In October 2015, Roscoe Collegiate ISD celebrated the grand opening of its new STEM Agricultural Research Center.
2016 Texas Superintendent of the Year Mary Ann Whiteker spoke to the State Board of Education on January 29, 2016, about reducing the emphasis on standardized testing and how doing so has benefited her district, Hudson ISD.
While we may sometimes feel discouraged by the lack of state support, increased standards, decreased funding, and lack of understanding, we are making great strides in public education.
Indicators of the Public Education Visioning Institute's influence are legislative initiatives focused on high-priority learning standards, a pilot initiative to develop an alternative writing assessment, and community-focused accountability.