Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook:
Warmer-than-normal afternoons are the rule Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 80s to near 90! Rain holding off until the middle of next week.
AUSTIN (November 19, 2012)—State Education Commissioner Michael Williams says Texas' system for rating schools should rely in part on how well districts close achievement gaps between minority and white students "because it's just who we are as a state."
Williams said Monday that even as the number of black and Hispanic students statewide grows, they continue to struggle more than other kids on standardized tests.
The gap, he said, "is still larger than I think anybody would want it."
Schools and districts are now rated according to student performance on standardized tests.
Williams wants a new rating system based on test scores but also student progress, post-graduation preparedness and progress in closing gaps for minority and economically disadvantaged kids.
It’s "a problem that is staring us in the face,” he said.