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.
Education leaders in Texas are airing grievances and raising long-term questions about the state’s new standardized test. Much of the discussion focused on poor scores.
Top education leaders in Texas are to hear testimony on the state’s new standardized test and its effects on students, teachers, instruction practices and graduation rates.
The amount of Texas students currently attending summer school has increased because of the growing number of ninth graders who have to retake state assessment exams.
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.
Texas high school students can pass most of the state’s new STAAR end-of-course exams this year by answering fewer than half of the questions correctly.
According to the school’s website, nearly 3 of 4 students have limited English proficiency and as many as 97 percent are considered economically disadvantaged.
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.
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