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.
When Scott steps down this summer from the agency that oversees the public education of Texas’ nearly 5 million students, he will be the longest serving education commissioner of the past two decades.
Monday marked the beginning of Texas’s new standardized test: The STAAR, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
There have been several allegations of cheating on standardized tests at Dallas ISD schools during the past few years.
Students across Texas are beginning STAAR standardized tests this week. Exams start Monday and continue throughout the week.