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“Controversy Over Texas’ STAAR and End-of-Course Tests”
by Donna Garner
I would urge all Texas parents of public school children to listen to the video clip of the first 44 minutes of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting (1.26.12) of the Full Board. In it Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott and the SBOE:
To hear the discussion for yourself, please go to the TEA link (below); click on SBOE Committee of the Full Board – 1.26.12; click on Archive Video Part 1; and then go to marker 0:17 through 44:28. The TEA link is here: http://www.texasadmin.com/tea.shtml
Following are excerpts from my e-mail that I sent to Senator Florence Shapiro today in response to her comments in the 2.13.12 article posted in the Austin American Statesman:
To: Sen. Florence Shapiro
From: Donna Garner
Re: STAAR/EOC’s, 15% rule
Senator Shapiro, I believe you have done the right thing; and I am very appreciative that you have not let yourself nor your fellow Senators be pressured into delaying the STAAR-EOC’s.
As we have discussed on numerous occasions, it is those tests that will force educators to move away from the miserable “old” TEKS curriculum standards and start teaching the new-and-improved ELAR, Science, and Social Studies curriculum standards (TEKS). [New-and-improved Math TEKS should be finalized in the next several months.]
It is those standards that are tied to knowledge-based, academic, grade-level-specific, clearly worded, measurable standards that will make sure our public school students once again learn the basics so that they are able to move into higher-level thinking skills in the upper grade levels and in college.
The problem with the 15% rule came when the legislation did not lay out how districts should match a scale score on the STAAR/EOC to a numerical score (GPA)…
I am holding my breath that the STAAR-EOC’s will actually be good tests, but I have confidence that Comm. Scott has overseen the test development. Now if the TEA/Pearson will just make sure the tests are graded without manipulating the students’ scores…
…By the way, if I am not mistaken, Rep. Eissler’s HB 500 not only made the 15% rule optional for school districts (which would have been foolish to allow districts to decide for themselves whether or not to enforce the 15% rule); but HB 500 also reduced the number of required EOC’s for graduation from 12 to 4. Kate Alexander should have added that to her article.
To read the Austin American-Statesman article dated 2.13.12, please go to the following link:
2.13.12 – “Shapiro Backs Delay on STAAR Grade Provision” – Austin American Statesman -- http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/shapiro-backs-delay-on...