Tag Archives: STAAR

Departing commissioner Robert Scott predicts backlash against standardized testing

Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka interviewed Robert Scott on his last day (July 2) as commissioner and summarized the standardized testing debate. “The Big Test”, Paul Burka, Texas Monthly, August 2012. Burka asked Scott about his criticism of Texas’s standardized … Continue reading

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Standardized testing: STAAR “bridge study” allows comparison to TAKS

In Texas, the STAAR test is replacing the TAKS test, but the Texas Education Agency argued that the scores were not comparable, and so asked for a one-year waiver from “No Child Left Behind.” The federal waiver was denied, so … Continue reading

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Excuses: school districts share STAAR results

In an impressive feat of diligence, a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, Maria Luisa Cesar, has rounded up STAAR standardized test results for nearly all of the public school districts in the San Antonio area. “Students’ STAAR English scores lagging”, … Continue reading

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Reactions to release of STAAR results

Over the next few years, Texas is phasing in STAAR, a new standardized testing regime.  This spring, students in grades 3-9 took STAAR exams. (Students in grade 10 and up are took the old TAKS tests.) The STAAR tests are … Continue reading

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Link: Assessing charter schools in San Antonio

Charter schools are subject to the same testing and accountability rules as traditional public school districts.  The Texas Education Agency‘s most recent report on charter school accountability was released last August. “Charter Ratings Down”, San Antonio Express-News, August 22, 2011. The ratings use a … Continue reading

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