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Opinion: Why I’m Not Sweating the STAAR Test Anymore
A Texas student explains why standardized testing seems like a big waste of time and money
"...start school, we are told to focus on our tests, exams, and grades. But why do standardized tests matter..."

Dec. 3, 2021 Column by Aina Marzia

STAAR Falls on Texas Schools
Academic assessment tests raises questions of fairness
"...first State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, aka STAAR tests. The big question that now plagues Texas educators..."

June 22, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Amid COVID Chaos, STAAR Scores Take Dive
Number of students taking standardized tests also drops
"...on standardized State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests took a big hit this year throughout the..."

July 2, 2021 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Data Integrity Issues Plague STAAR Testing
Education commissioner cancels June retest dates
"...More bad news for Educational Testing Service, the company that provides the bulk of school..."

June 17, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Abbott's STAAR Idea
Gubernatorial hopefuls battle it out over education plans
"...Fans of standardized testing are thin on the ground in Texas. That was..."

April 18, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Not the Brightest STAAR
Under pressure from lawmakers, education commissioner defers 15% grading system
"...dumped the dreaded Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test – right until they saw its replacement, the State..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

No Quick Answers on STAAR Glitch
District and state officials remain in the dark on STAAR malfunction
"...When Education Testing Service took over administering Texas STAAR tests, it was..."

April 15, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

TEA Delays 'End of Course' Requirement Another Year
15% rule punted for another year
"...The beleaguered and widely criticized STAAR testing system takes another hit today as Commissioner of..."

Nov. 30, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Changing Course
AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college
"...Young Women Leaders. However, Turner is optimistic that these latest reforms will work because they are part of a..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Smartest Kids in the Room
Hint: It may not be the AISD board of trustees
"...Between budget cuts and the unrelenting anti-intellectualism of standardized testing, there is no place for skills like rhetoric and..."

April 29, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Students With Learning Disabilities Should not be Punished
" count as 15% of final grades for students ["STAAR Falls on Texas Schools," News, June 22]. The “15%..."

June 27, 2012 Postmarks

Author, Poet, and Podcast Host Carrie Fountain Isn’t Trying to Trick You
The 2019 Texas Poet Laureate talks shop as she receives two Texas honors
"..."Yes, and then you take a test on it," she replies. Her daughter Olive recently took..."

April 5, 2019 Arts Feature by Rosalind Faires

AISD's "School Changes" Process Places Equity Front and Center
“Historically, this is a very racist city, and unfortunately, this school district is a part of that system"
"...for the event – comparing Murchison and Burnet standardized (STAAR) test scores, the number of English language learners (ELLs)..."

Sept. 13, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Building a Path to Literacy
Educators and nonprofits work to close the achievement gap in Dove Springs
"...Above" in State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for reading was 79%. The number of Mendez..."

April 8, 2016 News Feature by Sam Anderson-Ramos

24-Texas Teachers Talk of “Trauma” at TribFest
Educators discuss the challenges of reopening schools, TEA head defends decision to administer STAAR tests
"...TEA has waived the state's standardized STAAR tests as a graduation requirement for students, knowing the..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Scott Quitting Texas Education Agency
Controversial schools commissioner to leave July 2
"...he thanked his staff (now sadly depleted after the latest round of cuts), Gov. Rick Perry for appointing him,..."

May 1, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Public Notice: Failing Grades for Texas
School districts beset by pandemic, State rules
"...5th and 8th graders must pass the high-stakes standardized STAAR test in order to move ahead isn't nearly enough...."

July 31, 2020 News Column

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
Rounding up the news left on the chamber floors
" too moderate. But it wasn't just Empower who testified against the legislation – media professors and journalism organizations,..."

April 21, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Top 10 Quotes of the Week
Notable quotables of 2012
"...Austin President Ken Zarifis, condemning AISD for running summer STAAR test "boot camps" (June 21)..."

Jan. 4, 2013 News Feature

The Education Session
The Lege takes another run at patching school finance
"...won't graduate, because she has failed the U.S. History STAAR test. She told the assembled crowd of educators, administrators,..."

May 1, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Shout Out to Ya' Teach
"...and out. Thanks to TVAH’s teachers, Emma passed her STAAR test in math for the first time and received..."

May 4, 2020 Postmarks

Skam Austin Makes Our Social Media Part of the Story
Facebook Watch show follows teens, onscreen and IRL
"...High school: It's a universe where the STAAR test is a big deal, and teen dreams, drama,..."

July 27, 2018 Screens Feature by Mae Hamilton

Point Austin: It's About Community
Health care a matter of equity and common humanity
"...makes you wonder how Abbott would score on a STAAR test for professional accountability...."

July 6, 2012 News Column by Michael King

Quote of the Week
"...Austin President Ken Zarifis condemns AISD for running summer STAAR test "boot camps"..."

June 22, 2012 News Column

Quote of the Week
"..."People say the children are our future. The STAAR test seems to be preparing us for a future..."

April 27, 2012 News Column

A Declaration of Independence
Zavala Elementary and Principal Sean Fox are succeeding at going their own way
"...of years, the campus has seen double-digit improvements in test results. "We're on an upward slope," said Fox. "All..."

May 9, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

What Follows Five Years of Failure at Mendez Middle School?
Making the grade
"...on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams that are a major component in establishing campus..."

Aug. 31, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Bill of the Week: Down With Tests, Up With Standards?
Bipartisan starting point for school graduation reform
"...accountability system." It starts by completely overhauling the dreaded STAAR tests, and, most pressingly for families, taking the emphasis..."

Jan. 26, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Signs of Trouble and of Hope at Mendez Middle School
In-district charter seeks to turn around a campus’ longtime struggles
"...dependent on State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam results...."

March 1, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

The Luv Doc: Testing
Like it or not, you are always being graded – not by your words, but by your actions
"...sounds to me like your boyfriend didn't pass the test...."

Aug. 12, 2016 Column by The Luv Doc

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