The children’s advocacy organization, Children At Risk, just released its Texas School Guide: A Parent’s Roadmap to Success, looking at both Dallas and Fort Worth ISD.
The Guide contains more than essential basics like test score data, class size, and graduation rates. It includes magnet school details, application procedures and requirements, and charter school options.
The Guide also let’s you know about a school’s programs scheduled before and after normal hours, which may include sports/athletic programs and available art and music classes.
Workshops for parents on how to use this guide will be scheduled beginning later this month. The guide will exist not only online, but in print, for distribution in Dallas and Fort Worth over the next several weeks.
Jerome Oberlton served five months as Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles’ Chief of Staff before resigning once he told Miles he was under federal investigation from his time in Atlanta, where he had worked for the school system. The Dallas Morning News passed on information that he pleaded guilty to taking $60,000 in kickpacks, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and was sentenced to 3 years, 5 months.
Fourth and eighth grade Texas readers fell below the national average in testing, according to results on the Nations Report Card. Math students fared better.
In its 4th annual AP® District Honor Roll from the College Board, 14 Texas school districts joined the national list of 477 U.S. and Canadian districts earning the honor.
And among those, six are in North Texas.
They include Carroll, Coppell, Frisco, Irving, Mesquite, and Plano.
NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is taking applications from Texas juniors for its scholarship program known as HAS – The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. It will offer a summer program at Houston’s Johnson Space Center and other online chat and information groups.
NASA wants students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers.
Check out the NASA site (with a link to the application page) here.
The Common Application program is supposed to help high schoolers apply to multiple colleges via the web. But owing to software snafus, some students haven’t been able to apply to schools or correctly send text or process credit card charges, among other problems. That’s according to The New York Times.
It’s a problem that arose at this week’s school board meeting in Plano, where the Dallas Morning News blog reported the district’s high number of advanced-placement test takers makes the district the “envy of the nation,” at least according to a Plano ISD representative.
Plano school officials say they’re helping students overcome the problems.
Fewer than 20% of all Dallas seniors in 2013 met the critical reading benchmark, according to the SAT scores just out. That means more than 80% missed it.
29% met the benchmark in math, and only 16.1% met it in writing.
Among African Americans who took the 2013 test, only 13% hit the reading benchmark. In math, nearly 19% scored the benchmark, and fewer than 10% hit the benchmark in writing.
Fewer than 20% of Hispanic seniors in 2013 hit the benchmarks in reading and writing, while slightly more, nearly 30% hit it in math.
Among White students, more than 60% of 2013 seniors hit the benchmarks in reading math, and writing.
More DISD kids in total took the SAT in 2013 than they did two years ago.
Looking at ethnic breakdowns, more Hispanics took the test, 509, than took it two years ago.
However, 76 fewer DISD African American students, and 14 fewer White students took the test in 2013 than took it in 2011.
Renowned education reformer Geoffrey Canada told Dallas school and business leaders they could better their own schools with money, hard work and high standards. Canada improved long-failing Harlem schools with his Harlem Children’s Zone, launched in 1983.
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Dallas County’s Truancy Court has spent the summer in the spotlight. The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into allegations that students were denied their constitutional rights. The County rejects the charges. Meet two kids who’ve been through system.
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The Dallas school board will meet Thursday with Superintendent Mike Miles to discuss the findings of the independent investigation by former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins. They gathered in closed session this morning to discuss the Coggins report, but did nothing, and said little after it ended.
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