Posts Tagged ‘standardized testing’

Bill Would Release Old STAAR Tests Annually To Help Teachers Prepare

When Texas debuted its much-maligned STAAR test last school year, some of the harshest criticisms came from teachers, who complained they’d been given little guidance about what sorts of questions the test would include. In fact, Texas keeps the tests under wraps for three years so it can reuse them. A bill from state Rep. Mark Strama […]

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15 Percent Rule, We Hardly Knew Ye

One of the least popular bits in Texas’ new testing regime is the “15 percent rule,” which requires that part of a high school student’s grade in a class—15 percent of it, to be precise—be tied to their score on the STAAR end-of-course exam given by the state. The rule was meant to raise the […]

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