Instead of Throwing Out STAAR, Panel Recommends More Testing

The state is recommending changes that signal a longer-term shift in how Texas students are tested.

By Rhonda FanningJuly 28, 2016 12:14 pm

Wednesday, a panel of the Texas State Board of Education was slated to recommend dumping the controversial standardized STAAR tests for public schools. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the 15-person panel recommended additional tests – periodic reviews on top of the annual assessment kids and teachers have to endure each year.

Erika Beltran, who’s part of the state panel making the recommendations, says one of their first suggestions was to use a system of computer tests that would eventually change STAAR.

“This kind of shift in an assessment system would actually require significant investment of time and resources,” she says. “To say that it would replace the STAAR test would be misleading. Because really this is a longer-term shift in how we’re doing assessments.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– More about the panel’s recommendations for testing
– What the new testing system would look like
– How the recommended testing system would impact the individual student