Patrick Osborn

Gov. Perry Supports Review Of STAAR Test Requirements

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Gov. Rick Perry says he supports taking a hard look at the standardized tests required to take for high school graduation.

Addressing the Texas business leadership council today, Perry said Texas schools must be held to the highest accountability standards.

He endorsed efforts in the legislature to re-evaluate testing, saying the state should find “the best mix” of state of Texas assessments of academic readiness, or STAAR, exams required for graduation.

But Perry didn’t say how many tests he’d ultimately like to see students take.

Education commissioner Michael Williams has acknowledged lawmakers are likely to cut the number of STAAR tests. But he says he hopes the number doesn’t fall to two or three.

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