Parents, teachers, students and advocates from all over Texas urged lawmakers to limit standardized testing and increase public school funding Saturday.
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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.
In the consortium’s first report to the state, in December, asked for no testing. No accountability ratings, either. They’re writing their own standards, in fact, so they’ll write their own tests. They’ll write their own ratings system too, when they get to it. Essentially, these high-performing schools want to secede from Texas’ testing system.
Into this charged atmosphere, onto the same stage Robert Scott famously occupied a year ago, stepped Texas’ new Education Commissioner Michael Williams on Tuesday. Safe to say, it’d be a hard act to follow.
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 […]
It’s hard to know which is creepier: that Texas is assessing the classroom performance of 4-year-olds in pre-K, or that those assessments are conducted with a secret algorithm by a company named Optimization Zorn.