Standardized Testing

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.

It has been a high-stakes year for high-stakes standardized tests.

The debate over renewing the big federal education law turned, in part, on whether annual testing would remain a federal mandate. Republicans initially said no, Democrats said yes. Ultimately the overhaul passed with tests still in place.

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According to a recent study from the Texas Association of Business, students who don't pass the state standardized STAAR test, which they need to graduate, are taking advantage of a waiver program allowing them to still graduate.