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.
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.
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.
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.
The school year isn’t over, but Dallas ISD is already looking towards the next school year.
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.
State Board of Education members have pressed the Texas education commissioner about whether high-stakes standardized testing is warping classroom teaching.
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.