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Roundtable Comments

This appendix summarizes comments received during roundtable discussions with three main groups of individuals who have direct knowledge of the issues being researched by the Task Force:

A. School board members
(Part 1)
(Part 2)
B. School administrators
(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)
C. Teachers
(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)

Six organizations voluntarily helped the Task Force to identify and gather together groups of individuals who had special expertise in Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), dropout data collection and administration of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). The Task Force tried to obtain the views of individuals from both small and large school districts, as well as representatives from ethnically and geographically diverse groups.

To avoid additional travel expenses, the Task Force held six meetings concurrently with conferences or training sessions that were already scheduled. Attendance at the sessions was by invitation only. Approximately 250 individuals participated in the six roundtable discussions:

1/24/00 Superintendents from the largest 50 districts -
Texas Education Agency's (TEA's) Mid-Winter Conference
2/25/00 Teachers -
Texas Classroom Teachers Association Conference
3/3/00 School board members -
Texas Justice Foundation Training
6/16/00 School board members -
Texas Association of School Boards Conference
6/26/00 Superintendents/Administrators -
Texas Association of School Administrators Conference
7/14/00 Teachers -
Association of Texas Professional Educators Leadership Workshop

During each session, Task Force members and Comptroller staff asked participants to discuss any perceived weaknesses in the system or process and the challenges or obstacles to accurate data collection and reporting that faced them personally or their district in general.

These comments are presented verbatim to illustrate the perceptions of the participating school board members, administrators and teachers and do not necessarily reflect the findings nor opinions of the Task Force or the Comptroller.