After a lengthy debate, lawmakers may have settled the most divisive question facing them in today’s school testing bill debate: whether high school students should, by default, be placed on a pathways to college preparation.
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House Bill 1423 would lower the stakes of the STAAR test, by removing the requirement, on the books since 1994, that students pass state exams to graduate. Deshotel’s proposal would limit testing to the federal requirements—just math, reading and science, and only one of each test in high school.
But between the guest of honor’s last name and his tremendous faith in high-stakes testing, visiting the Senate chamber this morning felt a lot less like reform than a trip back to 1999.
Photos from the Save Texas Schools Rally at the State Capitol, a demonstration for more funding and less testing in Texas’ public schools.
Parents, teachers, students and advocates from all over Texas urged lawmakers to limit standardized testing and increase public school funding Saturday.
Edy Chamness and the Facebook group she started last year, occupy the radical fringe in a broad revolt against Texas’ testing regimen.
Today’s hearing on standardized test reform drew an unusually large contingent of students to the Senate Education Committee. Several were particularly glad to be there because Tuesday was a benchmark testing day at their school.
The new Latino Coalition for Educational Equality laid out its public ed priorities Tuesday, including more money and support for English language learners.
“I think there’s a large percentage of teachers who kind of have this quiet angst about how they’re being treated,” he says. “I think I’m fairly typical. It’s just that I’m maybe not smart enough to keep my mouth shut.”
Aycock’s House Bill 5 is a monstrous reworking of the education code that finally commits to legalese the testing and accountability reforms he and other lawmakers have batted around for the last year or so. Still, Aycock stressed this morning that it’s only meant as a starting point.