When The Dallas Morning News named Wylie ISD “The Star of the STAAR” it wasn’t by accident. The newspaper spent countless hours analyzing data from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), as well as districts across the state. When the results pointed to one clear success story they sent veteran education reporter Jeffrey Weiss to Wylie to see how we accomplished what others couldn’t. For his series of stories on STAAR testing and its impact on Texas teachers, students and parents, Mr. Weiss has been awarded the 2015 F.L. Elder Award for Outstanding Reporting in Education by the Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD.) He was nominated for this prestigious award by the Wylie ISD.
As Dr. Vinson noted in the nomination, Mr. Weiss presented his readers with clear, concise writing (and detailed charts and graphs) that helped them understand the challenges and frustrations of the current state assessment measure. His reporting went beyond a single story. He spent dozens of hours talking with teachers, parents, district curriculum administrators, superintendents and TEA officials to gain a better understanding of how the test impacted each district, often going all the way to the classroom and student level.
Texas ASCD presents the annual award to a reporter who “explained complex educational issues leading to a better public understanding of education” and “examined effective educational practices in schools and school districts.” Wylie ISD will proudly join Mr. Weiss for the award presentation next month in Austin. Congratulations Jeffrey!!!
To read Mr. Weiss’ story on STAAR success in Wylie ISD, please visit the Dallas Morning News website.
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