The Texas Education Agency says the state could violate federal rules if lawmakers pulled funding for standardized testing.
A top business group called Wednesday for easing Texas’ tough new high school graduation standards amid widespread outcry over the set of standardized tests known as STAAR.
One of the state’s most influential business organizations is backing a flexible high school graduation plan it says will better prepare students for college and the workforce of tomorrow.
A state expert denied Monday that Texas made its latest standardized test too difficult, saying such exams have always gotten harder but that students still tend to improve their scores over time.
Texas education officials said that thousands of students retaking the standardized STAAR test had to skip the electronic version due to a computer glitch.
More than half of Texas ninth graders who last spring failed one or more of the state’s new standardized tests skipped their chance to retest over the summer.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has deferred the requirement for schools to count new end-of-course examines as 15 percent of a student’s grade this school year.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams speaks a day after Gov. Rick Perry urged him to again delay requiring high school students to have standardized test scores factored into their final grades.
Texas has seen a significant increase in the number of its public-school students considered English-language learners but is cutting funding to bilingual programs vital to ensuring they succeed, an expert told the state’s sweeping school finance trial Tuesday.
With an estimated 42-percent of new Texas community college students needing remediation, state business leaders are renewing their defense to keep the STAAR accountability system intact.
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.
A coalition of top Texas business leaders said that it’s worried public backlash against standardized testing could hurt the state’s efforts to hold public schools more accountable.