Members of the State Senate Education Committee spend hours maligning Texas’ standardized testing system and talking about ways to reform it. NEWS 92 FM’s Norm Uhl has details.
During a crowded hearing Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans alike asked pointed questions of state education officials about the exam known as the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.
They asked everything from why so many high school students have failed it, to whether it’s appropriate for youngsters in sun-kissed South Texas to answer math problems about the possibility of frost forming on their sidewalks. Teachers, parents and community activists also lined up to complain about STAAR.
Committee Chairman Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, called standardized testing the legislature’s top issue this session and promised that changes are on the way.
Officials of the Texas Association of Business hired a plane to make their point at the Capitol to protest what they say is a move to lower standards on school testing.
The single-engine plane buzzed downtown Austin for more than an hour, towing a sign that asked “Is 37 percent correct on Algebra too hard?”
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