Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

August 22, 2006

Don’t ask, can’t tell

Filed under: cheating, High Stakes Testing, Shirley Neeley, Texas Education Agency — texased @ 3:08 pm

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News:

All 699 schools suspected of cheating on the TAKS test will face a state investigation, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday.Sort of. The word “investigation” can have many meanings.

Now why couldn’t they have reached this “decision” when the results were first released? Did anyone at TEA really think that they would get away with not investigating the schools?

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News:

And state officials still have no plans to seek the additional test data that would make a detailed investigation possible. For example, the state still does not know which students have the most suspicious test answer sheets.

TEA appears to be getting good at this, not asking for data. They can’t provide their teaher’s qualifications because they don’t have the data and now they won’t be able to fully investigate because they don’t have the data.


  1. It is sad but true that most US high schools are focused on getting high scores rather than teaching students.The quality of the teachers is really low.
    USA has to come up with strong plans if it wants to compete with British education system. O & A levels are far more difficult to teach and learn compared to US-based qualifications even though A levels have been getting sharp criticisms lately.

    Comment by dreamnepal — August 22, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  2. I don’t think it can all be blamed on the quality of the teachers. I know high school teachers who are told not to assign any homework unless it can be completed in class because the kids won’t do it and the school isn’t prepared to fail them. I think we have it backwards here, we assign too much homework for younger kids and hardly any at the general high school level. And too many of the kids really don’t care if they fail their classes. I don’t know what to do about that.

    Comment by texased — August 22, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

  3. I did my schooling with British system and I felt superior when I joined a US college because most(more than 95%) of the US students were so ignorant in maths and science and even history and geography. I agree, there has to be tougher high-school standards.

    Comment by dreamnepal — August 22, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

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