New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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begins next year.
Assessments, implementation and accountability were the topics of the 30-minute discussion. Pursch said there will be varying assessment and performance measurements under STAAR, which will be implemented in stages over the next few years.
“It's a constantly moving target, and we’re trying to get better in our understanding of it to get the kids ready for it," Pursch said.
Satisfactory performance standards will be phased in
over several years. Highest performing standards, including career readiness standards for courses like Algebra II and English III, will be applied when the system becomes fully operational in 2012.
All performance standards will be reviewed every three years.
Modified and alternate assessments will be developed for STAAR that are very complex and detailed. Some adjustments also will be made for English language learners in grades 3-8. Spanish versions of STAAR for grades 3-5 will be implemented in spring 2012.
Testing days under STAAR
will increase because there will be more assessments required of students. The test may be timed, which will be a big change, Pursch said. The current Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test takes up about 25 testing days. STAAR will test in the fall, spring and summer, requiring up to 45 testing days when folly implemented.
TAKS will be phased out over the next three years. Students now in grades 3-9 will see it end in 2011 and grade 10 in 2012. The final primary administration of exit-level TAKS will be administered in spring 2013.
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The first reports and ratings under STAAR will be issued in two tiers. STAAR assessments for grades 3-8 will be developed in 2011-12 and implemented in 2012-13.
Accountability ratings will not be released concerning the 2011-12 school year while the new system is being developed. Following 2012-13, campuses will be rated as acceptable or unacceptable.
It will take at least until after the 2013-14 school year before data from STAAR — and corresponding information from state and federal systems — will be able to compute campus performance ratings and designations.
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at a news conference in El Salvador as he neared the end of a Latin American trip overshadowed by events in Libya.
Gadhafi, meanwhile, made his first public appearance in a week, promising enthusiastic supporters at his residential compound in Tripoli, “In the short term, we’ll beat them, in the long term, we’ll beat them.”
Libyan state TV broadcast what it said was live coverage of Gadhafi’s less-than-five-minute statement. Standing on a balcony, he denounced the coalition bombing attacks on his forces.
“O great Libyan people, you have to live now, this time of glory, this is a time of glory that we are living,’'he said.
State TV said Gadhafi was speaking from his Bab Al-Aziziya residential compound, the same one hit by a cruise missile Sunday night. Reporters were not allowed to enter the compound as he spoke.
Heavy anti-aircraft fire and loud explosions sounded in Iripoli after nightfall, possibly a new attack in the international air campaign that so far has focused on military targets.
One of Gadhafi’s sons may have been killed, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News on Ttiesday.
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“It’s incumbent upon all of us,’’ Davis said. "If we see something happening where young people in alarming numbers are taking their own lives, then we must get involved.”
Barbara Paris, a principal in Round Rock Independent School District testified that many educators feel like they’ve been left empty-handed when it comes to methods of effectively dealing with bullying.
“I felt like I had no back
bone at my disposal to deal with cyber bullying,” said Paris, who’s been an educator for more than 30 years. "Kids won’t speak up because they’re afraid nothing will happen when they report bullying.
“The only way we can change that is if we have a law that backs us.”
The anti-bullying bills before the Senate committee expand the definition of bullying to specifically address electronic methods such as tex-ting and Facebook posts.
“In this day and age, bullying is 24/7,” said AnneWynne, co-chair of Equality Texas and chair of Atticus Circle.
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One of the biggest sources for names for the 10 Most Wanted is the Comal County indictments list, which comes out once a month after the grand jury convenes and cases are presented by the Comal County district attorney’s office.
“We go through and we pick out the ones that have the highest or worst offense (from felony warrants),” Wommack said.
So who has the distinction of putting the county’s 10 Most Wanted over the 600-
That would be Erin Lee McCutchen, on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle; Charlotte Lynn Phillips, on a charge of fraud use or possession of false identifying information and credit card or debit card abuse; Brandon Reina, on a charge of tampering with physical evidence; Johnny Torres Rico, on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger; Katherine Sue Wahrmund, on a charge of credit card or debit card abuse; and Jason Bernard Wheeler, on a charge of forgery of a financial instrument.
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“The first is to declare a financial exigency, which will allow us to reduce our personnel force without regard to probationary contracts... it’s not what we should consider at this point.”
The board accepted Moczygemba’s second option, which is to wait for the I legislature to delay when school districts can offer those contracts, which is currently 45 days before the end of the school year. One bill would postpone that offering until the last school day; another would move the notice to 15 days following the end of the school year.
“If we do get a bill passed which lets us know of the impact it would have on our budget, then we may be able to take action on the probationary contracts,” Moczygemba said. “We’re buying time until our special meeting on April 7. If one of those bills does not pass by then, we will know what action to take.”
That action would be to not offer the contracts, then hope to hire those personnel back before the start of the school year.
Moczygemba recommended more cuts in operations, which now exceed $1.8 million. He said two projections involving versions of House Bill 1, however, have also increased NBISD’s loss by at least another million beginning next year.
“What we’re projecting now is an $8.6 million impact based on the variations of the estimates that are out there,” he said.
“By 2013-14, we will be forced to reduce our budget by $5.3 million dollars in the first year of that biennium. We really won’t have the available fund balance to contribute without jeopardizing our cash flow.”
Moczygemba pointed out the district’s savings moves in recent years. (Consolidating bus routes saved $210,000 in transportation; reducing technology personnel saved another $400,000; the move to block scheduling at the high school saved $970,000; and adopting a more effective energy policy has saved $4(X),000 since 2008.
Also Monday, the board:
•Tabled a proposal to spend $250,000 of 2010 bond project money for renovations at the Lducation Center Annex, trustees Rob Johnson and Sherry Harrison said they wanted more time to study the plan before committing funds.
• Accepted a $4,000 donation by the Jack and Sally llirpin Foundation to OakRun Middle School for technological improvements.
• Approved the district-wide Textbook Committee’s requisition recommendations for 2011.
• Approved extending the current contract for the NBISD auditor.
• Heard an update on construction of the new middle school, which was reported to be ahead of schedule.
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