Standardized Testing

Foul Ups Prompt State to Scrap School Test Scores

Jun 10, 2016

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Fifth and eighth graders who failed STAAR exams this year won’t be held back a grade or be required to retest later this month, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced late Friday, citing “ongoing reporting issues” with the state’s new testing vendor.

Eanes District, Vendor At Odds Over Supposed Loss Of State Exams

Jun 9, 2016
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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

A high-performing West Austin school district says it was told the state’s new testing vendor misplaced some or all of the STAAR exams its 3rd through 8th graders took this spring. But New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service says that’s not true. 

Nearly 50 superintendents in the Houston area sent a letter to the Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, complaining about multiple problems with the State of Texas Assessments and Academic Readiness, or STAAR standardized test.  Districts in the San Antonio area have also complained.

Statewide Testing Changes Begin This Week

Mar 28, 2016
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There will be some changes for thousands of Texas public school children as they settle in this week to take the state’s standardized STAAR tests.

Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants states and districts to focus on streamlined, higher-quality tests in a broader effort to win back some classroom time.

And here's the kicker: The feds will actually pay for (some of) the transition.

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