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Valenzuela, Angela [valenz@austin.utexas.edu] Please post this event.

Need to get all our Texas LULAC-ers out to this. Gracias! Angela Valenzuela Want to welcome all to a statewide educational forum on high-stakes testing and accountability on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 7-9:30 PM, followed by a reception. Location: LBJ Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin. 7:00 – 8:00 pm Roundtable + Q&A Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium 8:30 - 9:30 pm Networking Reception LBJ School Front Lobby Free and open to the public RSVP at http://measuringupforum.eventbrite.com Questions? 512-232-3423 or juliamontgomery@utexas.edu Join the conversation on Twitter: #lbjmu Speakers include Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken; Dr. Linda McNeil, Rice University; Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock; David Anthony, Raise Your Hand Texas; Exec. Dir. of Commit! Todd Williams, and Dr. Angela Valenzuela, University of Texas at Austin. http://www.facebook.com/events/359718454108497/ Event Details: With Texas approaching the 83rd Legislative Session in January, the debate around the state’s educational accountability system – including the elevated testing requirements and high-stakes of the STAAR program – has been rapidly intensifying. This escalation is reflected in the increasingly polarized tone of stakeholders’ statements at press conferences, on education blogs, and in newspaper articles. Despite shared goals for students such as closing the gaps in achievement and improving readiness for life after high school, opponents disagree, often vehemently, on how to reach those goals. Preserve the STAAR system as it is? Make minor

adjustments to certain components of the program? Pursue a more fundamental restructuring of the state’s educational accountability system? To bring these stakeholders together in a nonpartisan setting and give the public an opportunity to hear and discuss the evidence for these policy options, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a forum on September 24, titled “Measuring Up: A Statewide Conversation on High-Stakes Testing & Accountability.” The forum will feature a roundtable of experts from academia, state government, and the private and non-profit sectors. Panelists include: David Anthony of Raise Your Hand Texas and formerly of the CypressFairbanks Independent School District; Texas State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock; Linda McNeil of Rice University; Commissioner Tom Pauken from the Texas Workforce Commission; Angela Valenzuela of The University of Texas at Austin; and Todd Williams of Commit! and formerly of Goldman Sachs. Carolyn Heinrich, director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy, will moderate the forum. The roundtable discussion will start at 7 p.m. in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, followed by a Q&A session with the audience beginning around 7:45 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., all attendees are invited upstairs to a networking reception in the LBJ School Front Lobby that will run until 9:30 p.m. Limited complimentary parking will be available in the Thompson Conference Center lot (Lot 40) on the southwest corner of Dean Keeton and Red River. Overflow paid parking will be available in the Manor Garage at the corner of Clyde Littlefield and Robert Dedman Drive. The event is co-sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Health and Social Policy, Texas Center for Education Policy, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, and Center for Mexican American Studies. Questions? Please contact Julie Montgomery at the Center for Health and Social Policy at juliamontgomery@utexas.edu