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Capitol Chronicle
Just for the Kids' school rankings seem like just a lot of baloney.
"...Education Agency through its Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) test. JFTK has reworked the TAAS numbers for nearly..."

Nov. 9, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Postmarks
Emory & Young Not Conservative
"...Undue TAAS Influence Editor,..."

May 16, 1997 Column

Loving and Fighting
A history of struggle at Blackshear Elementary
"...Blueprint plan smoothed the way out. Then, Blackshear's all-important TAAS scores came in, and the perennially underachieving campus had..."

June 28, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Local news this week in Austin.
"...It's official: The TAAS-2 is failing educators' tests. According to a new statewide..."

May 25, 2001 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Forgione Says Follow the Blueprint
Forgione takes his Blueprint on the road, but is everyone buying?
"...among the lowest performing in the district on the TAAS test...."

May 10, 2002 News Feature by Michael May

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...TAAS & Teaching Don't Mix..."

March 29, 2002 Column

'If Not Edison -- What?'
Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.
"...first Alliance school in Austin, the school had rock-bottom TAAS scores and one of the lowest attendance rates in..."

March 22, 2002 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Postmarks
Don't Cry for Rainey
"...that the kids that did get awards for high TAAS scores were the same kids that teased and bullied..."

July 23, 1999 Column

Naked City
Off The Desk:
"...the search for a new GM.-- A.S. Taken to TAASk..."

Sept. 18, 1998 News Feature

Acting Right, Not White
Grim Stats, Racial Taunts Won't Deter These Students
"...all sections of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). She knows this because her Dobie Middle School principal,..."

Nov. 7, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

Bully Pulpit II
Jim Hightower Stages an On-Air Comeback
"...its scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). The school soon brought its scores up to a..."

Aug. 30, 1996 News Feature by Chris Walters

Naked City
"...a make-up test for TAKS English Language Arts and TAAS Writing on Tuesday, April 17; TAKS and TAAS Math..."

April 6, 2007 News Feature

Leave No Child Behind
In a an excerpt from their new book, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose expose Bush's No Child Left Behind policy as an educational Enron.
"...school district spending $20,000 on prep handbooks for the TAAS, the recently replaced Texas Assessment of Academic Skills...."

Oct. 3, 2003 News Feature by Louis Dubose

Looking for Leadership
It takes a community to support the schools.
"...particularly the AISD's failure to improve quickly enough the TAAS scores of minority children, Oppel discovered a predictable villain:..."

April 19, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Accepting the Challenge
Meet the candidates for AISD Board of Trustees.
"...taken quite a bit of heat. They've weathered a TAAS test scandal, criticisms over underestimated bonds that cost taxpayers..."

March 29, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

AISD De-Magnetized?
A proposal to move AISD's Liberal Arts Academy to LBJ High School almost certainly means resegregation for Johnston High School, its former home.
"...experiment: school accountability. The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) test is designed to expose schools that fail to..."

Nov. 16, 2001 News Feature by Michael May

Man of the Hour
Superintendent Pat Forgione discusses his goals for AISD in a Q&A interview with reporter Kevin Fullerton.
"...in school? Will he free teachers and students from TAAS drill drudgery, instilling a "rich curriculum" that both inspires..."

Oct. 29, 1999 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...analyst admitted to county prosecutors that he altered district TAAS scores, AISD released a 1997-98 performance report boasting that,..."

April 2, 1999 News Feature

AISD Casts a Wider Blueprint
The Austin ISD announced its expansion of the Blueprint Initiative to LBJ and Reagan high schools
"...average, among the lowest in the district on the TAAS tests (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills), and administrative expectations..."

April 9, 2004 News Feature by Michael King

Good Enough for Your Kid
The Lege considers the cost of an "adequate" public school education
"...data – statewide passing rates for the already obsolete TAAS tests. Converting the TAAS rate to the new and..."

March 12, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Winnowing the Charters
The Lege considers the troubled state of Texas charter schools
"...school. These schools are not held to the same TAAS test standards as conventional public schools. "Many charters are..."

July 12, 2002 News Feature by Michael May

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...follow up to a letter from a teacher about TAAS preparations ["Postmarks: TAAS and Teaching Don't Mix," March 29]...."

April 19, 2002 Column

Naked City
"...contest Tuesday to charges that they had fudged 1998 TAAS test results for several Austin elementary schools -- including..."

Jan. 11, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Naked City
A short-lived run on Alliance School funding at the Lege
"...was in place for two years have improved their TAAS pass rates in math, reading, and writing at a..."

March 23, 2001 News Feature by Louis Dubose

The Future's So Bright ...
Johnston High School has problems with grades, attendance, dropouts, a magnet program resented by the host school, and a high turnover rate among principals. Will new principal Sal Cavazos stay and can he make a difference?
"...low-performance rating from the state two years running; lagging TAAS test scores; seemingly endless construction projects; years of neglect..."

March 9, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Postmarks
I never thought the letters in "Postmarks Forum" were real until this happened to me ...
"...failure. I have worked as a copyeditor for the TAAS test and I can tell you that it is..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Column

Naked City
"...five major problems at AISD which prompted her audit: TAAS score cheating, suspicious dropout reporting, low passing rates on..."

Aug. 6, 1999 News Feature

Viva Bilingual Ed
Texas Not Likely to Follow California's Lead
"...in the bilingual program, for example, must pass the TAAS test, although they may obtain an exemption for two..."

June 12, 1998 News Feature by Lisa Tozzi

Capitol Chronicle
The Supreme Court, by supporting vouchers, removes another brick from the church-state wall.
"...educating students than are conventional schools. On the now-sacred TAAS scale, roughly 25% fewer charter students are passing the..."

July 5, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Austin @ Large: Canary in the Data Mine
Profile of the 2002 Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project
"...to licensed child care centers, from ozone levels to TAAS pass rates. Within the project's frame of reference, all..."

June 28, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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