The Senate Education Committee has voted to refer to the full chamber a measure reducing the number of standardized tests Texas students must pass to graduate from high school.
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.
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.
An expert has suggested that tougher Texas standardized tests have not translated to statewide student improvement on the SAT and ACT.
Statistics show that more Texas high school seniors are hoping to go to college — although their ACT scores show they might not get in.
Although more than half the states are now exempt from the toughest requirements of the federal “No Child Left Behind” education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his goal remains to help Congress fix the law, not to sidestep the stalled overhaul effort.
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.
President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
State Board of Education members have pressed the Texas education commissioner about whether high-stakes standardized testing is warping classroom teaching.
A new program has a North Texas high school paying students who do well on Advanced Placement tests.
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