Texas high school students won’t have to worry about new standardized testing known as STAAR affecting their grades this year, thanks to a one-year wavier signed Friday by the state’s education chief.
The head of the Texas Senate Education Committee said she supports postponing requirements that new state standardized tests count toward 15 percent of high school students’ grades.
Parents, school and business leaders expressed alarm about new, more-rigorous standardized testing for Texas schoolchildren.
Texas lawmakers are checking on the implementation of the new STAAR standardized test for public school children.
School districts in North Texas and across the state are bracing for an unusually long list of poorly performing schools, when the district accountability ratings come out in two days.
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.