NORTH TEXAS (KRLD) – 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 Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, a group called the Texas Coalition for a Competitive Workforce fought hard to get the new accountability system in place.

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The groups are worried that complaints and negative reviews of the test could hurt the state’s efforts to hold public schools more accountable.

“And we will vigorously oppose additional money for the public school system unless and until we are certain that the current accountability system is going to be maintained,” he said.

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Hammond says the school districts just want more funding – without having a way to measure the results.

The STAAR test replaced the much-maligned Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. In addition to tracking student performance in English, math, and science for students the 3rd through 8th grades, the STAAR tests serve as end of semester exams for high school students.

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