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Standardized Testing in Lege Limbo
STAAR results prompt discussion of retesting requirements
"...whether their child should go through the stress of retesting. The House Public Education Committee put the same question..."

June 22, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

SXSWedu Tackles High-Stakes Testing
How can student assessment be weaned away from an antiquated system?
"...Test, the journalist's examination of the 15-year torrent of testing and assessment reform in the wake of No Child..."

March 12, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Feds Table New Drug Testing Guidelines
"...Dept. of Health and Human Services to expand drug testing of federal employees to include sampling of hair, saliva,..."

Nov. 21, 2006 News Post by Jordan Smith

Testing, Testing, 1 2 3 ...
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics … and then there's the TAKS test
"...the 11th grade to have a shot at accountability testing. Finally, standardized testing remains much more efficient at generating..."

June 4, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Does DNA Testing Prove Skinner's Guilt?
That depends on whom you ask
"...to properly package and store additional evidence, making DNA testing on an array of items impossible, according to Skinner's..."

Feb. 6, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Testing, Testing...
Private Tutoring Companies Score Big on SAT
"...have offices in Austin and coach all manner of standardized tests), are the country's two largest test prep companies...."

Nov. 28, 1997 News Feature by Roseana Auten

The Perfect Score
The movie that gives new meaning to the phrase, "taking the SATs": felonious breaking and entering.
"...finest tatters. SAT scores and the inherent unfairness of standardized testing are at the heart of The Perfect Score..."

Jan. 30, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Animation and reality collide in this paean to pubescence
"...as a cradle for petty tyrants, nonsensical rules, and standardized testing. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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..."

April 29, 2012 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
"...decades – from No Child Left Behind to high-stakes testing and the ongoing, bipartisan, national love affair with charter..."

Sept. 28, 2012 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..."

April 18, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Public Notice: Which CAMP Are You In?
Privatizers launch new strategy for school board elections
"...are generally pro-­charter, pro-voucher, and never met a high-stakes standardized test they didn't love...."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

The TAKS Is Dead! Long Live the TAKS!
Students continue to cram for slow-to-expire high-stakes tests
"...the exit-level TAKS in May – thinks the high-stakes testing system is bad for the kids. But TAKS is..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature by Michael May

SXSWedu Recap
Education tech finds new ways to reach kids
"...In an age of standardized testing swallowing up time, energy, and budgets, it may..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

SXSWedu: Are Legos the Next Edu Wave?
Playfulness enters the classroom
"...The battle lines over standardized testing seem very clear. There are policy makers and..."

March 14, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Students With Learning Disabilities Should not be Punished
"...a Texas parent then, and I didn’t understand that standardized testing is part of a giant industry that feeds..."

June 27, 2012 Postmarks

Voucher Creep?
Appointment of Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond to state Task Force on Test Security raises eyebrows and red flags
"...Hammond serving on the five-member committee charged with investigating testing irregularities at a number of school campuses across the..."

Aug. 11, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on Schools
Highlights from the education conference
"...she acknowledged, initially a major supporter of initiatives like standardized testing. But, she said, "I got off the bandwagon,..."

March 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
"...• Education Austin launched a campaign against excessive testing at a news conference in front of Linder Elementary..."

Oct. 12, 2007 News Feature

Local Students Face an Open-Ended Spring Break
School's out for ...
"...also announced earlier this week that the state's STAAR standardized testing would be canceled for the 2019-20 school year...."

March 20, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Gifted and Talented Education Programs Turn the Lights Out on Non-White Students
"Race is the greatest predictor of who succeeds and fails in American public education"
"...her before she even had a chance to request testing, saying her son exhibited signs of giftedness. He scored..."

Nov. 22, 2019 News Feature by Autumn A. Arnett

Where to Invade Next
Michael Moore finds American idealism alive and well – abroad
"...schools have eliminated homework, cut classroom hours, and downgraded standardized testing to near nonexistence, resulting in an educational system..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Abbott Turns Open Records into Campaign Stunt
Meanwhile Davis savages Republican over "Baby STAAR" pre-K tests
"...for an education plan that she argues adds STAAR-like testing for four year olds. She'll be in Austin today,..."

April 14, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell continued his criticism of high-stakes testing in public schools Wednesday, but he might as well..."

June 2, 2006 News Feature

Recess: School's Out
"...even work in a jab at politically motivated, overzealous standardized testing.) And parents may get a chuckle out of..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
"...apt image when it comes to describing the harm standardized testing does. Besides harboring the reasonable suspicion that these..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Books Review by Roseana Auten

Public Notice: Schools and Environment
Big Saturday events for education and environment
"...but the stakes couldn't be higher: Stop underfunding and over-testing Texas students, and make sure each of them has..."

April 17, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Point Austin: Underfunded and Overtested
Save Texas Schools builds a groundswell for public education
"...public schools. The theme is "No to underfunding and overtesting," and Weeks said, "We need to have a groundswell..."

Feb. 22, 2013 News Column by Michael King

The Price of an Education
As the Lege looms, don't bet the house on new money for schools
"...money but more state oversight for school districts, more standardized testing, and more "merit pay" for favored teachers and..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Column by Michael King

Another Failing Grade
When the school's grading system itself gets an "F"
"...symptom of the larger sickness: an unhealthy fixation on standardized testing and standardized expectations." Similarly, Amy Francisco, communications director..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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