Houston Matters Interview with CVPE Co-founder and President of HFT - "Tests do not feed children."

Houston Matters' Maggie Martin recently interviewed Ruth Kravetz, co-founder of Community Voices for Public Education, and Zeph Capo, President of the Houston Federation of Teachers. They discussed topics including the Houston ISD controversial performance bonus system and high-stakes testing. Read more

HISD merit pay tracks socioeconomic status

Interested in research showing that merit pay is tied to socioeconomic status?  Read more

How DC civil rights organizations got it wrong

In recent weeks, a few national civil rights organizations such as the National Council of La Raza and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have vocally OPPOSED efforts to highlight the dangers of high stakes testing by students and parents opting out of annual assessments. We strongly disagree with their position.   Read more

HISD to scale back testing

Bye -bye to beginning of the year practice STAAR tests (BOY)! So long to mid year STAAR practice tests (MOY). Hello to a little more instructional time for our children. Thank you to CVPE, opt out parents and responsible members of HISD Admin and Board for taking a first step. High stakes testing is not a civil right. Learning is. Read more

Legislative Wrap-Up: The good, the bad and the ugy

The Texas Association of Community Schools wrote a Legislative Wrap-Up and said "The 84th legislative session is officially over. As they say, sine die. It is hard to know what tone to take in recapping the 84th legislative session. Read more

HISD cannot make your child take summer school for failing or missing the STAAR test

Once again, HISD is threatening parents and misrepresenting information. The district cannot mandate summer school for a student who has failed or missed a STAAR test. That decision can only be made by the grade placement committee comprised of a parent, a teacher and an administrator. Read more

CVPE parents and students speak to HISD school board about high stakes testing

Missed the board meeting on May 14? Parents, teachers and students from across the city-Hispanic, African American, Asian and White, middle class and working class- spoke out against high stakes testing in board testimony. Read more

Opting Out of High Stakes testing-A School Reform Initiative

Although I am passionate about these issues, choosing to opt-out was a difficult decision. As a former public school teacher and current instructor in the College of Education at the University of Houston, I never dreamed that I would be encouraging K-12 students and their parents to skip school!  Read more

Crunch time near for Major Education Bills

With just over a week left in the 84th Legislature, it’s make-or-break time for bills. Ahead of another big deadline Saturday — when Senate bills must make it out of House committees — here's where the big education measures stand. Read more

Trustees aloof while supporters reach 500 in Week 1

Sign the petition at www.endovertesting.org. Make it HISD policy to limit district-wide standardized assessments to one or two per year, end the practice of district snapshots and benchmarks, and return responsibility of testing students for mastery back to teachers and principals. Read more