08.06.2012 [39online.com] - This is not exactly shocking, according to district spokesman JasonSpencer. "We knew this was going to be a much tougher test, and it delivered," he said. The STAR test replaced the TAKS test, and HISD officials say it's a lot harder.
07.06.2012 [MyFox Houston] - We knew this new set of exams was going to be tough and was going to really stretch our students," said JasonSpencer, HISD's spokesman. Nearly half of HISD's 9th graders failed the STAAR end of course writing exam. More than 40 percent missed the mark
05.06.2012 [Houston Chronicle] - The plan is under way - the administration considered the recruiting incentive an emergency - but the board still needs to sign off, said HISD spokesman JasonSpencer. The district is targeting teachers who work with ninth- and 12th-graders
01.06.2012 [Houston Chronicle] - HISD spokesman JasonSpencer would not discuss the district's test results until all the scores were compiled, but he said a "significant number" of ninth-graders failed the end-of-course exams and will have to retake them.
04.06.2012 [Houston Chronicle (blog)] - The plan is underway but the board still needs to sign off, according to HISD spokesman JasonSpencer said. The district is targeting teachers who work with ninth- and 12th graders, as those students are under intense pressure to pass the state exams.
17.05.2012 [Houston Chronicle (blog)] - HISD spokesman JasonSpencer said the district plans to develop its own policy this summer. “I think that there are principals who would like more concrete guidance on navigating social media,” Spencer said. “As we go forward with evaluating our need
31.05.2012 [Houston Chronicle (blog)] - ... bus was involved in a collision with a car in the Montrose neighborhood. No injuries were reported in the accident, which happened at 1:05 pm Thursday in the 3900 block of Montrose Boulevard at Sul Ross, said school district spokesman JasonSpencer.
18.05.2012 [Texas Watchdog] - HISD spokesman JasonSpencer said in an e-mail that he and district Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett intended “to make sure (reporters) have what you need to follow the conversation. If it's any consolation, I didn't have the documents either.
01.06.2012 [MyFox Houston] - JasonSpencer Spokesman for HISD says: The most recent data shows that each year, 92 percent of the district's highly effective teachers return to the district, while 55 percent of those teachers whose students make the least academic progress do not