A Texas state legislator on January 25 filed a bill that would replace the Texas State Academic Readiness Assessment (STAAR) test in schools.
State standardized testing is common in almost all states. In fact, Nebraska is the only state where testing is not mandatory. But some proponents in Texas do not believe the STARR test is appropriate for all students.
State Representative Matt Shaheen filed House Bill 680 because he is “concerned about the accuracy and validity of the STAAR tests after reviewing a study by the Meadows Center for Educational Risk Prevention at the University of Texas at Austin.”
“If changing the way we test our students helps maximize students’ academic potential rather than reduce responsibility, I’m willing to fight for an innovative replacement for STAAR, which is why I’ve filed House Bill 680,” Shaheen said in a statement. .
Shaheen previously formed an advisory group to explore a more effective form of testing that accurately shows whether students are performing better or worse. The Committee believes that student testing will provide more accurate assessments by tailoring the content of the test to the level of knowledge of each student.
“I am determined to correct the course of this floundering accountability system for the future of our children and the Lone Star State,” Shaheen said. “I have been elected to make decisions in the interests of my constituents, including our children.”
Students take the STAAR test in the following grades:
Mathematics – annually in grades 3-8
Reading – annually in grades 3-8
Social Studies – Grade 8
natural science – grades 5 and 8
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) evaluated the validity and reliability of the STAAR test in 2016. The study found that “a given test result may be ‘valid’ for one use but not for another. Evidence may exist to support one interpretation of an estimate but not another.”
The advocacy group Raise Your Hand Texas has also raised concerns about the test. The report was released after receiving feedback from over 15,000 parents about the STAAR test. Many feel that schools should consider other factors when determining student success.
“By moving to an adaptive form of assessment, we can accurately measure student achievement, college readiness, and growth,” Shaheen said in a statement.