Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pablo Valverde, 85, drives to his ESL class every morning. He's always on time and usually wears one of several hats his daughter gave him. He says he'll keep going to school for as long as he's able to.

‘It’s Never Too Late To Learn,’ Says 85-Year-Old Student Studying English


Learning a new language isn’t easy. It’s even harder if you haven’t been to school in decades. That hasn’t stopped 85-year-old Pablo Valverde, who’s setting an example for his younger classmates.

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How Important Are The SAT And ACT?


A new report raises questions about whether tests like the SAT and ACT are a good indicator of how well students will do in college. The study, which was published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, looked at student data from 33 colleges and universities around the country that have optional admissions policies. You can see an interview with the study’s author below and read more about it here.

Study finds high SAT and ACT scores might not spell success at collegeTRANSCRIPT PBS NewsHour education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting . JUDY WOODRUFF: It’s one of those times of the year when high school juniors aiming for college are getting ready to take the SAT or the ACT, but a large new study is challenging the value of these well-known standardized tests.

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Richardson School District Opts For Tougher Graduation Requirements


The State Board of Education approved new high school graduation requirements last month. Among the changes – students don’t need Algebra II or a fourth year of social studies to graduate. Here’s how one district – Richardson – is pushing its students beyond the state requirements.

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Videos Give Parents A Lesson In Teaching Their Kids


Emily Roden talks to a group of parent liaisons in Forth Worth about the ReadyRosie videos, which can help parents teach their kids something new in two minutes.

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Emily Roden talks to a group of parent liaisons in Forth Worth about the ReadyRosie videos, which can help parents teach their kids something new in two minutes.

Two minutes. That’s all the time you need to teach your child something new. That’s the idea behind a series of videos several North Texas school districts are offering parents. This new tool, called ReadyRosie, is getting pre-school kids ready for the classroom.

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KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth Charter School Network Announces $2 Million Grant


KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth started educating students in 2003. (KIPP/Facebook)

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth started educating students in 2003. (KIPP/Facebook)

KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth has announced it has received a $2 million grant to expand its charter school network.

The three-year grant from the Jenesis Group is the single largest award in KIPP DFW’s 10-year history, the group says.

The grant includes $1 million in unrestricted capital, as well as $1 million in a matching challenge to incentivize prospective donors.

Jenesis is a family foundation based in Texas that aims to “improve the quality of life for our nation’s young people.”

KIPP DFW was established in 2003. Its flagship middle school, KIPP Truth Academy, serves over 375 students. In 2013, KIPP DFW opened its first elementary school, KIPP Destiny.

KIPP DFW says it will use the funds to grow to 10 schools by 2021 – including four elementary, four middle and two high schools.

In October, KERA’s Bill Zeeble reported on tennis star Andre Agassi’s visit to KIPP Destiny.