Hundreds of school districts across the state have been complaining about the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test, but some business leaders continue to defend it.
If the final standards were already in place, more than half the Texas high school students taking the new, more rigorous end-of-course standardized tests would have failed them.
Some 1,119 school districts across Texas will delay for a year a requirement that the results of the STAAR test count toward ninth graders’ final grades.
There’s some concern by school administrators over the new STAAR tests that will be replacing the TAKS test this year. School officials worry with so many standardized exams much of students class time will be taken up with testing.