News from the Houston Press about the Houston Independent School District which won the Broad Prize for best district based on Texas testing, is countered by other tests, notably the Stanford that reveal large groups of students are not ready for high school because they cannot read on grade level. Please click on the link for the Houston Press article about this, from which, several paragraphs are quoted below…this is an important topic in our test driven society….
Their HISD principal (we agreed not to name anyone) says that 80 percent of ninth graders arrive at the high school unable to read on grade level. And yet these same kids passed their state of Texas tests in all the years preceding. Most of these teenagers, this principal says, arrive reading at the fourth- or fifth-grade level.