"...Instead, he is going full bore after their shared nemeses in the testing industry. On June 10, Morath announced that ongoing problems with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests provided by ETS have reached such dire levels that he was removing the requirements for students to pass reading and math at grades five and eight, and canceling the retesting scheduled for June 21-22...."
"...Educators, parents, and policymakers around the state have been stunned by disappointing results in the first State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, aka STAAR tests. The big question that now plagues Texas educators is simple: Are the test and benchmarks wrong, or are school districts working from the wrong curriculum?..."
"...That was a lesson learned by Attorney General Greg Abbott when his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Sen. Wendy Davis, accused Abbott of supporting "baby STAAR" tests for 4-year-olds..."
"...On Feb. 17, Scott announced, "I am modifying the Texas Education Agency's [STAAR] Transition Plan." As a result, the TEA will allow school districts and charter schools to suspend the 15% grading system – under which the end-of-course STAAR tests will count for 15% of a student's graduating score – for the 2011-12 school year..."
"...When Education Testing Service took over administering Texas STAAR tests, it was supposed to be an end to the state's difficult and overly close relationship with testing behemoth Pearson. Now the ETS and the Texas Education Agency are dealing with the fallout from the failure of this new online testing system...."
"...The beleaguered and widely criticized STAAR testing system takes another hit today as Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that the 15% rule – whereby the end of course tests will count for 15% of a student's graduation requirements – will be pushed back another year...."
"...Two weeks ago, when the Texas Education Agency released district and campus scores as part of its new A-F accountability system, five schools in the Austin Independent School District received failing grades. That designation for one such school, Rosedale, at 49th Street and Burnet Road, was particularly galling for district officials, who argued it should never have been rated: The school services students with severe special needs, and many are unable to even give answers on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams that are a major component in establishing campus grades..."
"...The numbers speak for themselves. Between 2012 and 2013, the percentage of students passing STAAR statewide in all subjects at Level II or above stayed static at 77%..."
"...For the reforms to be truly effective, they cannot be restricted just to Reagan and LBJ – especially since the state is shaking up the high school testing system again. Over at Travis High, counselor Roy Larson is preparing for the new school year knowing that the incoming freshman class will be the first to face the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR tests..."
"...On Jan 24, the pair unveiled Senate Bill 240 and House Bill 640, creating what Van de Putte says will create "a dynamic college- and workforce-readiness accountability system." It starts by completely overhauling the dreaded STAAR tests, and, most pressingly for families, taking the emphasis off the end of course exams. To do this, they would make several radical changes:..."
"..."This week, as in many schools, we are uprooting our academic schedule to spend a couple of days on STAAR testing. At Kealing we only take a week at best off for STAAR testing, whereas at other schools they spend weeks if not months preparing for the STAAR test...."
"...Dear Editor, At last Tuesday’s public education hearing at the state Capitol, Rep. Mark Strama was the sole committee member in support of a rule that would call for high school end-of-course exams to count as 15% of final grades for students ["STAAR Falls on Texas Schools," News, June 22]..."
"...6) Fading STAAR Will STAAR blink out? If the old TAKS tests weren't bad enough, the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness have been an unqualified disaster, with lawmakers giving schools a year off accountability reporting, and the Texas Education Agency suspending the "15% rule," linking graduation requirements to end-of-course tests, for the second year in a row...."
"...However, for many, Scott's legacy as commissioner will be one of carnage. Under his tenure, financing was allowed to dwindle (not his fault, but he did little to stop it) and he oversaw the disastrously inept introduction of the STAAR test..."
"...Yet some education advocates say her firm deserves a failing grade: After all, Pearson currently holds a five-year, $500 million contract with the state of Texas for the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness program. The implementation has been a catastrophe (see "Not the Brightest STAAR," Feb..."
"...Brown Principal Veronica Sharp talked Wednesday about a "more holistic" learning experience, with an outdoor classroom, community garden, and maybe even some goats under the students' care. She said a more hands-on, "problem-based learning" approach would help students succeed academically and culturally, and the school's "working on balancing" that approach with achieving successful STAAR results..."
"...Long overdue recognition! The Texas Parents' Educational Rights Network this week named Austin Chamber of Commerce VP Drew Scheberle their Jerk of the Week for his "amazing show of arrogance, snobbery and general jackassery" in being the only speaker at the Senate Education Committee to speak against SB 463, which would make permanent the very successful Individual Graduation Committees which are empowered to let students who fail one or two end-of-course STAAR exams graduate with their class if they meet all other criteria and apply to the committee with a project or portfolio of work. Scheberle, a longtime booster of standardized testing, said specifically that he couldn't support giving a diploma to a student who failed one STAAR test, but has gone on to post a 3.6 GPA in college...."
"...He probably didn't know he was taking a test, but here's the ugly secret about relationships that everyone wants to ignore: Every single second of your interaction with other human beings is a test. It might not be the GRE, the SAT, or even the STAAR (and shouldn't that be spelled correctly, acronym or not?) but it might be a pop quiz..."
"...One of the challenges facing the neighborhood is literacy. Dove Springs' Consuelo Mendez Middle School is on the Texas Education Agency's 2015 list of schools where "improvement is required." The number of AISD students who performed at "Satisfactory Standard or Above" in State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for reading was 79%..."
"...After starting her campaign on the back foot, Davis is now on the offensive, pummeling Abbott for an education plan that she argues adds STAAR-like testing for four year olds. She'll be in Austin today, hammering that point home...."