Standardized Testing

Ryan E. Poppe

A bill to create graduation panels that would approve high school seniors for graduation, even if they failed some of the state’s end-of-course exams, has been approved by lawmakers in the Senate.

The bill by Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger, if passed by the House and then signed into law, would exempt seniors from having to pass all five standardized tests, known in Texas as the STAAR exams. Seliger said too many seniors were failing these exams, yet still had a great grade point average.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has approved allowing thousands of high school seniors to graduate this year despite failing one of the standardized exams needed to earn a diploma.

Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger’s bill offers an alternative graduation plan to an estimated 28,000 class of 2015 seniors who failed to pass one of five required statewide exams in algebra I, biology, English I and II and U.S. history.

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Common Core standards were once thought to be the future of education in America, endorsed by 45 states.  

As Texas students head back to school they are also heading back for another year of high-stakes standardized testing.

The number of required tests are being rolled back, but the school year is still driven by the tests.

And many have reached the conclusion that the testing system is broken.

Once again the Texas Education Agency has declined to raise the standards for the tests, and that's being seen as an admission of failure for the whole testing scheme.

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State lawmakers took issue with the Texas Education Agency’s plan to keep the standard for writing component of the Texas STAARS exam at a lower level for a third year in a row. Lawmakers voiced concerns with keeping the lower standard and changing the exam while student performance  remains flat.

The state introduced the STAAR exams in 2011 and because of failing test grades the legislature reduced the number of exams from 15 to five in 2013.  

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the STAAR exam may have run its course. 

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