Reform is Working....Says Who?

We hear an awful lot about how the Dallas ISD education Reforms are working. One such Reform is the teacher evaluation system known as the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) that began in 2013. TEI is a test based reward and punish system. The better your students do on the state test (STAAR) the more money you will make as a teacher. If your students don’t do so well on STAAR, no raise for you. According to DISD, our test scores are soaring: And according to a local Reform group, DISD’s test scores are the most improved. Reforms are working. Are they? Dallas ISD scores are actually flat to falling in reading and math on the 4th and 8th grade federal tests known as NAEP, widely viewed as t