Education chief may end policy that boosts ratings

July 9, 2010 6:57:00 PM PDT
The education commissioner in Texas says he may eliminate a policy that boosts performance ratings by giving schools credit even when students perform poorly on standardized tests.

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott is telling schools that he may suspend the Texas Projection Measure. The policy allows schools to increase ratings based on an estimate of whether a student is likely to pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Two years ago, the number of exemplary school districts rose from 43 last year to 117. About 62 percent of the exemplary school districts were elevated as a result of the projection model and not because of the actual performance of their students.

Critics have argued that the projection measure artificially inflates school ratings.