One of our union’s perennial priorities is ending the state’s over-reliance on high-stakes, standardized testing and assessment.
Latest News on Testing
- Gov. Greg Abbott needs to follow Florida governor’s lead and cancel standardized testing in TexasFor Immediate Release: September 20, 2021 Contact: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343, email@example.com Florida leaves Texas behind on standardized testing Last week, Florida… [ more ]
- Florida announces end to standardized testing; will Texas follow?Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the end of standardized testing in his state. Gov. Greg Abbott usually copies DeSantis’ every move,… [ more ]
- STAAR test scores are low — as we all knew they would beThe Texas Education Agency released spring STAAR test results for grades 3-8 this week that showed, for the first time since 2012, the number… [ more ]
- 2020-2021 high school seniors eligible for graduation by committee decisionThis year’s seniors who have not passed all of their end-of-course STAAR exams are eligible to graduate via an Individual… [ more ]
- Promising bill limiting STAAR testing is on the moveWhile there may be considerable partisan battles in Legislature over many issues, bills attempting to limit standardized testing have been… [ more ]
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the end of standardized testing his state.
If Gov. Greg Abbott is intent on mimicking every one of DeSantis’ extremist moves on managing the COVID-19 pandemic, we think it’s the least he could do to copy this one — a move that would help educators and students.
The Problem with STAAR
In or out of a pandemic, the STAAR has numerous design flaws and a history of being misused. Research shows that large-scale standardized tests cannot provide student-level information and should not be used for high-stakes decision-making.
At best, a test like STAAR may give a principal or teacher an idea of how students are understanding concepts. At worst, these improperly applied test scores are used to evaluate teachers, principals, schools, and school districts.
STAAR test results are boiled down to simplified A-F labels that the state can use to take over public schools and politicians can use to justify privatization efforts.
What Education Experts Say About STAAR
In February 2021, Reps. Gary VanDeaver and Alma Allen joined standardized testing experts and union members to discuss the burden of STAAR.