This year, Texas teachers leaned on Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars for their get-excited-about-the-test video productions.
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Senate Bill 895 would allow the state to take over schools from locally elected school boards and turn them over to a so-called Opportunity School District
Two years after scaling back high school testing, Texas lawmakers are considering more cuts to elementary tests, and studying whether the tests are worthwhile.
When I confide my anxiety that I have fewer than 10 students in one of the two classes I teach twice a week, Ryan shares his relief that he has fewer than 30 in one of the six classes he teaches every day. After I express my impatience with students who do not read deeply, Ryan tells me about students who cannot read at all.
Lawmakers grilled Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams on the state’s stagnating test scores, suggesting the conversation hasn’t changed much since big reforms last year.
Two Waco parents have dramatically announced their plans to keep their son out of Texas’ state standardized tests next week.
House Bill 5, Perry said, “strikes an appropriate balance between our need for rigorous academic standards and the student’s need for flexibility, a balance between our needs for accountability and the appropriate level of testing in the classroom.”
The Senate Education Committee took up a proposal to eliminate the STAAR writing test for 4th and 7th graders as well. Lawmakers also hinted at an interim study on the state’s process for developing the standards those tests are based on.
After hearing more than 100 amendments, only Rep. Mark Strama (Austin-D) and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso-D) voted against HB 5.
It’s a big day at the Capitol.