More Districts Pass Resolutions Against Overemphasis on Testing; PTA Launches Resolution Effort

At least 407 Texas school boards now have now passed a resolution calling for the legislature to reexamine the state’s accountability system. The resolution–sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)–asks the Legislature to “develop a system that encompasses multiple assessments, reflects greater validity, uses more cost efficient sampling techniques and other external evaluation arrangements, and more accurately reflects what students know, appreciate and can do in terms of the rigorous standards essential to their success, enhances the role of teachers as designers, guides to instruction and leaders, and nurtures the sense of inquiry and love of learning in all students.” The resolution’s “Whereas” section also includes a long list of reasons why the overmphasis on testing is hurting our schoolchildren. You can see the list of districts that have passed the resolution here.

Texas PTA–working with TASA–is now preparing to ask local PTAs and regional councils to pass a similar resolution.
With many students taking the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams this week, testing grabbed headlines across the state. The Austin American-Statesman had an article looking at the impacts of testing on school schedules, while the Texas Tribune’s TribLive video series showcased a discussion on STAAR with State Rep. Scott Hochberg of Houston and House Public Education Chair Rob Eissler of The Woodlands.