Houston schools won a national award for improvement and propelled the former superintendent, Rod Paige, to secretary of Education. Are they really that good? The New York Times says progress on the state’s TAAS exam is much greater than progress on a nationally standardized exam, SAT-9. OK. But it’s not surprising that students who can pass a basic skills test aren’t well-prepared for harder tests or for college. TAAS was a first step. Texas has replaced it with a harder exam, TAKS, which is yielding much lower scores.
Scrappleface has an alternate view.