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  • 2017 Poll: Reducing Standardized Tests Most Popular Texas Ed Fix

    by Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman Year Published: February 2017

    "Reducing standardized tests is the most popular way to improve the state’s public school system, according to the results of a poll released by the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas on Wednesday. The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters, conducted Feb. 3-10, found that 21 percent of respondents believed that reducing the number of tests was the most effective way to improve schools, followed closely by increasing funding to schools. According to 13 percent of those surveyed, using state money to send students private schools — a school voucher program sometimes referred to as school choice — was the third most popular choice." Read more.

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  • New Survey Shows Widespread Discontent with STAAR

    by Julie Chang, Austin American-Statesman Year Published: July 2016

    "Most Texans don’t want a state standardized test for public school students anymore, particularly if it penalizes teachers and students for poor performance on the tests. The findings are from an online public survey about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and how the state uses the test results to hold students, teachers and school districts accountable. More than 27,000 students, parents, educators, business leaders and others responded to the survey, which State Board of Education Chairwoman Donna Bahorich spearheaded." Read the full article.

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  • TCNGAA Report to the Governor of Texas and Texas Legislature

    by Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability Year Published: August 2016
    HB 2804, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, established the Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability to develop and make recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability no later than September 1, 2016. The commission met seven times from January to July 2016 and issued its final report on August 31, 2016. Read the final report. (During the commission’s final meeting in July, the commission approved the nine recommendations to include in the report. Read TASA’s summary of that meeting.)
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  • Texans Speak: Public Feedback on Assessment and Accountability Systems

    by Report by the Texas State Board of Education Year Published: July 2016

    “Texans believe we have too many tests, schools are spending too much time preparing for the state assessments, and too much class time working on the preparation. They want more immediate tests results.” -SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich’s summary of the survey findings. See the full report.

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Related Capitol Watch Alerts

House Public Education Committee Considers School Finance, Assessment/Accountability Bills
03.22.2017 — Before hearing testimony on more than 20 bills related to assessment and accountability on Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee discussed HB 21, Huberty’s school finance bill.

House Public Education Committee to Consider Assessment/Accountability Bills Tuesday
03.17.2017 — The House Public Education Committee will meet at noon, or upon final adjournment of the House, Tuesday, March 21, to hear HB 22 and 20-plus other assessment and accountability bills.
 
TASA Testifies at Hearing on Proposed Rules for STAAR Standards and Labels
01.17.2017 — On Friday, January 13, TEA held a hearing on proposed amendments to rules affecting STAAR standards. The agency proposes locking in the former phase-in level II rate at its current level of rigor, and renaming student performance labels.
 
08.31.2016 — Due September 1, the final report of the Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability has been released.

Commission on Next-Gen Assessments/Accountability Votes on Final Recommendations
07.29.2016 — The Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability held its seventh and final meeting July 27 and voted on its final recommendations to the Legislature.

SBOE Survey Results on STAAR/Accountability Posted
07.20.2016 — More than 27,000 Texans completed the survey that the SBOE conducted in June seeking public input about the state’s student assessment and accountability systems.

Commission Discusses Potential Assessment/Accountability Recommendations
06.14.2016 — The Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability held its sixth meeting June 13, a work session in which members hammered out their recommendations for the Legislature.

Texans Invited to Take SBOE Survey on Student Assessment/School Accountability
06.14.2016 — The SBOE has released a survey to seek public input about the state’s student assessment and accountability programs.

TEA Letter to Testing Coordinators: STAAR Results Delayed from June 15 to July 5
06.13.2016 — TEA sent testing coordinators a letter informing districts that spring 2016 STAAR results for grades 3-8 will be reported to districts on July 5 rather than June 15.

Applications Being Accepted for Pilot Program Offering Flexibility from Writing Assessment Law
06.10.2016 — TEA is accepting applications until July 11 from districts that wish to participate in a writing assessment pilot program created by HB 1164.

No Student Consequences, No June Testing for Grades 5 and 8 STAAR
06.10.2016 — There will be no student consequences attached to STAAR testing for grades 5 and 8 for 2015-16.
 
Parents Sue to Stop TEA from Counting 2015-16 STAAR Scores
05.23.2016 — A group of parents is suing TEA to bar the state from counting the results of this year’s third- through eighth-grade assessments in the public school accountability system.

TASA Shares Report on STAAR Concerns with Commissioner Morath
05.11.2016 — TASA sent a letter to Commissioner Mike Morath outlining specific problems and issues districts encountered during recent administrations of the STAAR.

New TEA Guidance Issued on March Online STAAR Issues
04.20.2016 — A new TEA letter to administrators provides additional information related to Student Success Initiative (SSI) requirements for 545 students in grades 5 and 8 that TEA reports were affected by the online testing issues of last month.
 
Commissioner Addresses Testing Issues, SBOE Hears Testimony on ELAR/SLAR TEKS
04.06.2016 — Wednesday’s SBOE meeting began with Commissioner Mike Morath addressing the board and ended with hours of public testimony on the ELAR/SLAR TEKS.

TEA Presents SBOE With Two Reports on TEKS/STAAR
04.05.2016 — At Tuesday’s SBOE meeting, the board discussed two reports called for by HB 743, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, that were made available just a day before the meeting.

TEA Posts Third-Party Evaluator’s Report of STAAR Validity/Reliability
04.04.2016 — TEA has posted a report by the Human Resources Research Organization, with which the agency contracted for an independent evaluation of the validity and reliability of the STAAR in grades 3-8 to comply with House Bill 743.

TEA Email Addresses STAAR EOC Retakes Due to Online Testing Problems
04.04.2016 — On Friday afternoon, TEA sent guidance on online testing issues as related to graduation requirements to district and ESC testing coordinators.

TASA Responds to STAAR Administration Issues, TEA Posts Update
03.30.2016 — TASA Executive Director Johnny Veselka submitted a letter to Commissioner Mike Morath today in response to the issues associated with this week’s STAAR administration. This afternoon, TASA posted an update on the issues with STAAR.

Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Provides Recommendations to Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability
02.23.2016 — The Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability, created in 2015 by HB 2804 to “develop and make recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability,” met for the second time and heard recommendations from the Consortium.

Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability to Meet for First Time January 20
01.19.2016 — The Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, at the Texas Capitol.

Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim to Head Commission on Assessments and Accountability
01.13.2016 — Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Andrew Kim, superintendent, Comal ISD, has been named presiding officer of the new Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability.

Appointees Named to New Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability
11.10.2015 — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Speaker Joe Straus named their respective appointees to the newly created Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability.

TEA to Shorten Grades 3-8 STAAR Assessments
10.16.2015 — TEA has notified school districts and charters that the agency will reduce the length of the STAAR in grades 3-8 for the 2016 spring administrations.

Commissioner Proposes New STAAR Passing Standards Phase-in Approach
10.06.2015 — Commissioner of Education Michael Williams advised school districts and charters today of his recommendation to replace the current phase-in schedule for the STAAR student passing standards with a standard progression approach.

New Letter Provides Timing for Release of Shortened STAAR
09.08.2015 — Although HB 743 mandates that the redesigned STAAR for grades 3-8 be implemented in 2015-16, a September 4 TEA letter indicates that only a portion of the tests will be redesigned in time for the spring 2016 administration.

House Public Education Committee Passes Accountability Commission Bill, Several Other Important Bills
05.21.2015 — The House Public Education Committee met Thursday, May 21, and voted out a number of bills, which now go to the full House for consideration.

Senate Education Passes Testing, Accountability Bills and More in Final Committee Hearing of Session
05.21.2015 — The Senate Education Committee met Thursday, May 21, passing out a number of bills, which now go to the full Senate for consideration.

May 21: Senate Education Committee to Hear Two Accountability Bills, One Relating to IMA
05.18.2015 — The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 21, on HB 2804, HB 1842, and HB 2811.

Senate Education Committee to Hear Two House Testing Bills, Others on May 20
05.19.2015 — The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, on two bills related to student assessment and a number of others.

Texas House Passes HB 1164 Writing Assessment Bill
04.30.2015 — The Texas House passed Rep. Gary VanDeaver’s HB 1164. It now goes to the Senate.

URGENT: Contact your House member THIS MORNING in support of HB 1164
04.29.2015 — Rep. Gary VanDeaver’s HB 1164 is on the House calendar for today. The bill allows districts to determine locally how best to assess a student’s mastery of the writing process vs. the current limited approach via the STAAR written compositions.

Senate Education Committee to Consider SB 1302 to Reduce State Standardized Testing to Federal Minimum, Other Bills on April 28
04.27.2015 — The Senate Education Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, on a variety of new bills.

House Public Education Committee Passes Six Bills, including HB 1164 Writing Assessment Bill
04.09.2015 — On Thursday, April 9, the House Public Education Committee voted six bills out of committee, including Rep. Gary VanDeaver's writing assessment bill.

Results of Grades 3-8 Math STAAR to be Excluded from 2015 Ratings, Other Changes to 2015 Accountability System Announced by TEA
04.08.2015 — After issuing a press release today announcing that results of the 2015 math STAAR for grades 3–8 will be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system, TEA released a detailed summary of changes to the 2014-15 STAAR program that will affect the Texas public school accountability system in 2015.

House Public Education Committee to Consider Bills on Testing, Funding, and More
03.19.2015 — The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet at 2 p.m., or upon final adjournment of the House, on Tuesday, March 24, to hear testimony on a number of bills, including HB 742, which would eliminate the fourth- and seventh-grade writing and eighth-grade social studies STAAR tests, as well as the the U.S. History EOC exam.

SBOE Members Ask Commissioner to Provide Accountability Relief for Grades 3-8 Math
02.16.2015 — During the State Board of Education meeting, February 11-13, SBOE member Donna Bahorich invited her fellow Board members to join her in signing a letter addressed to Commissioner Michael Williams, asking him to provide relief from accountability requirements associated with Grades 3-8 math for the 2014-15 school year and possibly 2015-16.

TEA Moves Testing for Math Assessments in Grades 5 & 8 for 2015
12.09.2014 — TEA has announced that it will move the testing date for the STARR mathematics assessments for grades 5 and 8 from March 30, 2015, to April 20, 2015.

TEA Extends STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window
12.02.2014 — The 2015 STAAR Alternate 2 administration window was originally planned for two weeks in an effort to minimize the amount of time taken from instruction. The length of the administration window reflected the data collected following the pilot test conducted in January 2014. While districts have not had experience with the new test design beyond the pilot test, some have expressed concern that it may be difficult to complete the administration in the time allowed.
 
In Case You Missed It: Testimony at the Aug. 26 Senate Education Meeting
10.09.2014 — The Senate Education Committee met on Aug. 26 to hear invited and public testimony on several interim charges, including a review of the STAAR writing test and an update from Commissioner Williams on STAAR EOC passing rates for the class of 2015. Two notable testifiers at that hearing included superintendent Dawson Orr, and a writing test grader contracted by Pearson, Zenobia Joseph.

TEA Revises 8th Grade Calculator Requirement
03.23.2014 — Today, TEA sent notice to school districts authorizing the use of calculator apps for 8th grade STAAR mathematics for the 2014–15 school year. The letter to administrators notes that the use of apps will be allowed on a pilot basis. Districts can satisfy the graphing calculator requirement with either a handheld calculator or a graphing calculator app that is available on an electronic tablet. The agency is still prohibiting the use of smart phones.

TASA Summary of HB 5
06.14.2013 — Please see attached in-depth bill summary of HB 5. It will be included in the TASA Final Bill Report later this summer, along with other bills our organization was tracking during the 83rd Legislative Session. We know that there are many questions surrounding the implementation of HB 5 requirements, and many questions needing answers quickly in order to ensure a smooth transition. TASA will keep you informed as TEA rolls out the transition plan and issues other pertinent information.

Governor Signs HB 5
06.10.2013 — On Monday, Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB 5 (Rep. Aycock), which reduces the number of end-of-course exams required for graduation from 15 to 5 and creates more flexible graduation plans for students. A more detailed analysis of HB 5 will be available soon.

Open Letter Requesting that Governor Perry Sign HB 5
06.03.2013 — As of today, Governor Perry still has not signed HB 5 into law, the comprehensive testing and graduation bill. TASA, along with TAMSA, TASB and several other organizations have posted an open letter to Governor Perry asking that he sign the bill as soon as possible.

URGENT: Action Needed
05.28.2013 — The House and Senate both unanimously passed the final version of HB 5. HB 5 will become law unless the governor vetoes the bill (June 16 is the deadline for the veto period). It is imperative that we not take anything for granted.

URGENT: Action Needed
05.23.2013 — Please contact members of the HB 5 conference committee TODAY and ask that HB 5 be left "clean." Suggested talking points below.

Senate Approves Major Changes to High School Graduation & Testing Requirements
05.07.2013 — The Senate unanimously approved House Bill 5 on Monday, making a number of amendments to the graduation and testing bill. The bill reduces the number of end-of-course exams needed for graduation from 15 to five, requiring biology, U.S. history, Algebra I, and English I and II (combining the reading and writing into one test).

Senate postponed taking action on HB 5 until Monday, May 6
05.05.2013 — Please contact your senator again and encourage him or her to vote for HB 5. It is critical that you call your senator, whether Democrat or Republican, to reiterate how important it is to pass this bill.

House Approves HB 2836 on Second Reading Monday
04.30.2013 — On Monday, HB 2836 by Ratliff was approved on second reading by the full House on a voice vote. Two amendments were adopted on the floor. The first amendment, by Rep. Diane Patrick, eliminates the STAAR writing test in grade 4 (the grade 7 writing test was already removed from the 3–8 system when the bill was first filed) and reinstates the social studies test in grade 8.

Support Bills on the House and Senate Calendars Next Week
04.26.2013 — Contact Your Legislators in support of the following two major bills. HB 5 by Aycock, as substituted in Senate Education, is set on the Senate Intent Calendar for Monday, April 29. The bill may be amended on the Senate floor. Once the bill has been voted out of the Senate, it goes back to the full House. The House can accept the amended bill, or not. If the House does not accept the amended bill it will go to conference committee where final decisions regarding content will be made by appointed members of each chamber. The bill will go before both chambers for an up or down vote (no amendments).
 
Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick indicated that House Bill 5 would be on the committee’s agenda for Tuesday, April 16th
04.11.2013 — It is critical that you contact members of the Senate Education Committee and ask that HB 5 be voted out of committee as soon as possible, and without extraneous amendments.

Contact Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Your Senator Today Asking Them to Support SB 3 and SB 1724
03.27.2013 — Immediate Action Needed! The Texas Senate is scheduled to take up and consider two important bills (SB 3 and SB 1724) today that would make improvements to testing and graduation requirements. However, there is hesitation to debate these bills on the Senate floor. Please contact Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and your senator today urging them to take up and consider SB 3 and SB 1724.

HB 5 Passes the House to Third Reading
03.27.2013 — Yesterday, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock laid out the Committee Substitute for HB 5 his omnibus bill covering graduation programs, assessment and accountability. He described the intent of the bill as maintaining rigor, reducing the emphasis on standardized testing, and providing more options for high school students.

Contact your Senator Today Asking Them to Support SB 3 and SB 1724
03.25.2013 — On Wednesday, March 27, the Texas Senate will take up and consider two important bills that would make improvements to graduation plans (SB 3) and reduce state required assessments (SB 1724). Sen. Patrick is carrying both bills and has made assurances that he will roll the contents of SB 1724 into SB 3 on the Senate floor.

HB 5 Will Be Debated on the House Floor Tuesday
03.24.2013 — On Tuesday, March 26, HB 5 by Rep. Aycock will be debated on the House floor. HB 5 is much needed legislation that would make improvements to the current state graduation and assessment systems.

SB 1724 by Sen. Dan Patrick Voted out of Committee
03.24.2013 — During yesterday's Senate Education Committee hearing, Chairman Patrick offered a substitute to SB 1724, his bill related to high school graduation requirements and end-of-course (EOC) exams. Although a hard copy of the substitute bill was not available on Tuesday, the following content was shared by Chairman Patrick and discussed by the committee.

HB 5 Will Be Debated on the House Floor Tuesday
03.24.2013 — On Tuesday, March 26, HB 5 by Rep. Aycock will be debated on the House floor. HB 5 is much needed legislation that would make improvements to the current state graduation and assessment systems.

Senate Ed to Consider Patrick's Graduation Bill, Charter Bill Today
03.19.2013 — The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet today at 8:30 a.m. to consider action on four pending bills, including two of Sen. Patrick's bills—SB 2 relating to charter schools and SB 1724 which would modify the current testing and graduation requirements.
 
Senate Education Committee Will Consider Patrick’s Graduation Bill on Tuesday
03.14.2013 — The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 19, to consider action on four pending bills, including two of Sen. Patrick’s bills–SB 2 relating to charter schools and SB 1724 which would create one diploma plan (with endorsements) and amend the current testing requirements for graduation.

House Public Education Hears Bills on Graduation and Assessment
02.20.2013 — On Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee met to hear HB 5 (Aycock) and several other bills relating to graduation programs, assessment, and accountability. When Chairman Aycock laid out HB 5 before the committee, he expressed concern about the 100,000 plus 10th graders who are at-risk of failing to meet the current graduation and assessment requirements if the Texas Legislature fails to take action.
 
House Public Ed to Discuss HB 5, Other Graduation and Assessment Bills Today
02.19.2013 — The House Public Education Committee will meet today at 2 p.m. or upon final adjournment of the House to consider the following bills:

Senate Education Meets Today to Discuss Assessments, SB 3
02.19.2013 — The Senate Education committee will meet today at 8:30 a.m. in room E1.208 to hear public (and possibly invited) testimony on assessments.

House Education Committee Hearing on Assessment, Accountability and Curriculum Set for Tuesday
02.15.2013 — The House Public Education Committee will meet Tuesday, February 19, at 2 p.m. or upon final adjournment of the House in room E2.036.

Senate Education Committee Discusses High School Graduation Programs and Early Reading Assessments
02.13.2013 — The Senate Education Committee met on Tuesday to hear SB 3 (Sen. Patrick) relating to changes in high school graduation programs and SB 172 (Sen. Carona) relating to the tools used for diagnosing the reading development and comprehension of kindergarten students.

House Public Education Committee Holds First Hearing of 83rd Texas Legislature
02.13.2013 — The House Public Education Committee met Tuesday afternoon to hear invited testimony from Commissioner Michael Williams on education priorities and to receive updates on the school finance lawsuit, student assessment and accountability from Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff.

Chairman Aycock Files HB 5 That Covers Graduation Plans, Testing and Accountability
02.06.2013 — This morning Chairman Aycock released HB 5, a comprehensive bill that covers issues related to graduation requirements, student assessment, and accountability. In a signal of bipartisan support, every member of the House Public Education Committee signed onto HB 5 as a co-author.

Bills of Interest
02.05.2013 — There have been numerous bills filed during the 83rd Legislative Session which are related to the topics of assessment, accountability, and graduation requirements. Some of these bills are comprehensive in nature and others are "single shot" bills addressing only one issue.

Seliger Files SB 225 That Modifies Graduation, Testing Requirements
01.23.2013 — On Tuesday, Senator Kel Seliger (Amarillo) filed SB 225 that would alter both high school graduation programs and testing requirements.

Both Chambers File Budget Bills; House Zeroes Out Testing
01.16.2013 — Both the Senate and the House filed their budget bills late Tuesday as promised. Both budgets allow for enrollment growth in public schools at current funding levels and both promise to reverse the deferral of school district payments and return tax collections to their normal timing.
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