Evaluating teachers based on student test scores hurts children the most

In this guest editorial, teacher Eileen Riley-Hall, author of Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum, writes about how evaluating teachers based on students’ test scores hurts children. Read more

PISA 2012-Evaluating school systems to improve education

PISA data shows that poverty does matter and that the only way to improve learning for all of our children is to make decisions that reduce the negative consequences of poverty. Read more

Santos: Corporate ideology should not dictate school philosophy

CVPE member, Daniel Santos, is a teacher at Jackson Middle School. In this op ed for the Houston Chronicle, he writes about what schools could do with the money wasted on high stakes testing. Read more

You Can't Improve Schools by Closing Them

Great infographic on alternatives to school closure Read more

Parents Question Investigation into Cheating at Jefferson Elementary

40% of the teachers at Jefferson Elementary School were removed from the classroom in November 2013. Because approximately 38 third graders performed significantly better on the STAAR than the previous year's group of third graders, the district summarily removed 40 teachers across many grade levels from their classrooms. The result was that most of these students spent the year being taught by substitutes.   Read more

A Wrap-Up of the 83rd Legislature: Key Public Education Bills from Rep Burnam's Ed Alert

Read about the restoration of some of the Rainy Day Funding and the reduction of end of course exams required for graduation from 15 to 5. Read more

Diane Ravitch commends CVPE in her blog

In her blog post on May 15th, 2013, Diane Ravitch applauded CVPE for motivating parents, teachers, students and community members for taking action and speaking in front of the HISD school board last week. Read more

CVPE members deliver 1,600 petitions against over-testing to HISD school board - on KUHF 88.7

KUHF reporter Laura Isensee witnessed CVPE delivering 1,600 signed petitions against over-testing to the HISD school board last Thursday, April 11th. Here is her article which aired on April 12, 2013 in which she interviewed CVPE members Ruth Kravetz and Consuelo Martinez. Read more

"Dozens of parents and educators with CVPE pleaded with the HISD school board" - Houston Chronicle K-12 Zone Blog

Dozens of parents and educators with Community Voices for Public Education pleaded with the HISD school board Thursday night, April 16, 2013, to limit practice, or benchmark, exams for the state’s high-stakes STAAR test. Read more

Vincent Sanders and Jim Faber speak about benchmark testing on KUHF 88.7

CVPE members Vincent Sanders and Jim Faber spoke with KUHF about the excessive practice tests to prepare students for the STARR. Read more

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