Michael Williams, Texas’ new education commissioner, is planning to implement a rating system that takes the achievement gap among poor and minority students into account when measuring schools’ performances.
According to the Associated Press, Texas schools are currently rated by their students’ performances on standardized tests, but some school officials complain this approach is an all-or-nothing program which labels schools “academically unacceptable” if they fail in one area.
Under Williams’ rating system, which he plans to begin by March 2013, schools would be ranked by four indicators: student progress, student achievement, student post-graduation preparedness and progress in closing the achievement gap. He said he would give more weight to the achievement gap than the other indicators.
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