Citing concerns, Texas Education Agency monitors to visit Dallas ISD’s low-performing schools

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Texas Education Agency will send academic monitors to the Dallas school district next month to review the district’s efforts to improve its struggling campuses.

In a letter sent to Superintendent Mike Miles last month, the education agency said it has concerns about Dallas iSD’s efforts to improve the 34 campuses that recently received the state’s lowest academic rating, “improvement required.” The state also wants to review DISD’s programs for special education, career and technical education, and English as a second language.

“The TEA on-site team will conduct interviews and focus group discussions with LEA (local education agency) staff and stakeholders, review records, conduct additional field work regarding the development and implementation of the improvement and corrective action plans associated with these interventions,” the letter says. “We will review data related to plan implementation.”

The education agency said DISD will receive monitors because of concerns discovered in a review of years of student performance and program data. The monitors will arrive Monday, Feb. 10, and leave Friday, Feb. 14. They are also visiting other Texas school districts in the coming weeks, said TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson. None of the visits will be open to the public, she said.

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