BY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
Texas is in the process of deleting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) system, following in the footsteps of New Jersey and several other states.
The Texas Tribune reports that the state will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system, which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests. This is the first update to teacher evaluations in Texas in 17 years.
The NCLB laws required that testing, accountability, and school improvement receive the most attention. NCLB requires states to test students in reading and mathematics annually in grades 3-8 and once in grades 10-12. States must test students in science once in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 10-12.
Individual schools, school districts and states must publicly report test results in the aggregate and for specific student subgroups, including low-income students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and major racial and ethnic groups.