Are We Getting What We Pay For?

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The old saying,

“You get what you pay for is not true when it come to the STAARs.”

Texas has given the Pearson Publishing Company a five year contract which covers the 2010 through 2015 school years. The total to be paid is  just over $468 million. 

Teachers lost their jobs in Texas this school year, 2012-2013 because of budget cuts. At the same time, Pearson received almost $100 million dollars to develop the STAARs for this school year. Since the STAARs didn’t count last year, and it may not count again this school year, is the $200 million for these two years worth it?

Think of the hours tax payers worked to pay in $200 million for STAARs. Is Pearson preparing practice tests until they can get it right?

Based on figures provided by TEA, Texas taxpayers by 2015 will have paid Pearson nearly $1.2 billion for developing standardized tests and related materials dating back to the year 2000.

Pearson receives about $100 million dollars a year for preparing STAARs so that kids can be tested and drilled for about 60 of the 180 school days.

What do you think?

Is the money being spent on STAARs worth it?

Has the STAARs improved education in your school district?

What suggestions do you have for changing this?

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