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The Impact of “High Stakes” Testing, How Houstonians Use Social Media, and a Field Trip to Buffalo Bayou Park: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 5th, 2013

The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and will have an update for us on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll discuss concerns she’s heard from parents about the cheating, and the investigation itself. We’ll […]

The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and will have an update for us on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll discuss concerns she’s heard from parents about the cheating, and the investigation itself.

We’ll also talk with Dawn Westfall, a Clinical Professor at the University of Houston’s College of Education, and a former administrator at Fort Bend ISD. She wrote her dissertation on the sort of “high stakes” testing that may unintentionally incentivize some teachers to cheat. We’ll also welcome your questions for David Callahan, author of the book The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Do Well.

Also on the program: A conversation about how Houstonians use social media with Eric Tung. He’s a social media manager at BMC Software in Houston, and a social media strategy consultant. He has researched what he characterizes as the top “social media power influencers” in Houston. We’ll find out what he means by that, and explore the impact Houstonians effectively using social networking sites from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook and beyond can have on our community.

And: we visit the Rockin’ Robin Guitar Shop and Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin tours Buffalo Bayou Park.

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