Tag: learning

More STAAR Tests, Less Teaching & Learning

Today, May 6, 2019, the Texas legislators are slated to vote on a version of the school finance legislation, House Bill 3, that includes a proposal to add four more writing tests and tie school funding directly to third-grade STAAR results.  The new exams would bring the total number of annual assessments to 21 and

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ELPS in The New Digital Learning Environment

Originally posted on Vision in Practice:
As educators in Texas plan instruction, one impactful set of data to consider is included on the Confidential Student Report of the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) Proficiency Ratings per Language Domain.  As English Language Learners (ELLs) are assessed annually in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, educators…

Creativity Matters, Right?

Today’s demand for a highly skilled workforce in the areas of science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) is making an immediate impact on our society and what we value in education.  Changes in state and federal budgets further illustrate this shift our society is making in educational priorities.  I am starting to wonder what will be the long-term effects of

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Learning anything this summer?

Summer is in full effect.  Swimming, family trips, and other leisure activities are also in full effect.  As a result, I am sure that professional learning is not ranked very high on the summer fun list for most teachers.  The funny thing is the summer presents the most optimal time for exploring very meaningful professional development ideas.  I

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