Mother of HISD student refuses to allow son to take STAAR test

The state's STAAR tests are no stranger to controversy, but one third-grader's refusal to be tested is raising questions about what kind of say students should have in their own education. Read more

What happens when a CVPE parent in HISD opts out of STAAR?

Back in April 2014, third grader Diego Geisler stayed home from school for four days in a row.Instead of going to Helms Elementary in the Heights, Diego and his mom Claudia De Leon Geisler went on some field trips. She refused to let him take the third grade STAAR exams in reading and math. It’s called opting out and it’s a growing movement. Read more

Lee, Sridharan, Sung: HISD gets a failing grade on its teacher evaluations

CVPE's Alpa, Jason, Anne, and Saul challenge HISD's use of test scores to evaluate and pay teachers in this op-ed in the Houston Chronicle. Read more

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