What is the Purpose of the STAAR/EOC Tests?
The TEKS and STAAR/EOC tests are suppose to raise the level of education in Texas. Well, how is it working?
As far as I can determine, the only thing being raised is the amount of money being spent on the tests and my blood pressure.
What Value is the Results of the STAAR/EOCs Tests?
Since the tests are never viewed by educators, what guarantees parents that their children are being accurately accessed?
The value of the grades is determined by ???? Who puts a value on these test grades? I think it is Pearson Publishing, the
company who is paid $100 million each year to produce the STAAR/EOC Tests. Since no one views these tests, Pearson is the one who totally controls how Texas students are accessed. How does Pearson determine who passes and who fails?
No TEST Should Trump Grades Earned During the Entire School Year
One child was given an award for being on the A/B honor roll the whole school year. Two days later the same
child was informed that she had failed the STAAR social studies test and would have to repeat this course. When parents requested to view the STAAR test as well as their child’s grades for the school year, The 2 failing points on the STAAR test was no longer considered.
Another parent has reported the same thing. Her son has passing grades, but is being required to attend summer school because of failing part of the STAAR test. What is the point of students attending school when the STAAR tests determine whether they pass or fail. Kids that fail the STAAR wasted their time attending classes all year. What educational benefit does it provide for kids to attend a face-paced summer school class? If kids really do not understand a subject, would they pass the STAAR after attending summer school? I say no. What about honor roll students who fail the STAAR. Who is at fault here? Most likely no one. The pressure placed on students to pass the STAAR is contributing to failing grades. Some students do not function at their best under pressure.
Parents —I suggest that you do not allow your child to fail because of the STAAR. No one has said that it works in the opposite direction. If a student fails all year long and passes the STAAR Tests, are they promoted to the next grade?
The STAAR/EOC Tests are fact based while CSCOPE and other constructivist/progressive instructional materials are not not based on facts. Thus, students in schools using progressive, project based learning, such as CSCOPE, are not prepared to take a fact based tests, such as STAAR/EOC. Do administrators purchasing CSCOPE know this? YES! Why would administrators purposely force teachers to use instruction materials that are based on the opinions of students, authors of the curriculum instead of facts? I have pondered on this for months. What do you think?
1. Schools with failing students receive more grant money from the state and Federal Government.
Millions of dollars are poured into schools with failing students.
Millions of dollars is spent re-mediating students who are achieving to the best of their abilities. No matter, placing students in certain categories can result in more grant money.
2. The Education Service Centers who sell CSCOPE receive more grant money if they have failing schools in their regions. I am talking about Multi-Millions of dollars.
Educating failing students is one of if not the biggest money making business in the United States. I chal
lenge parents to research the amount of money received by Texas Schools for students tagged as At Risk (possible drop-outs), non-readers, low math grades. Compare that to grant money for gifted and talented students.
I taught at Waco H.S. for a few years when students who were considered to be “At Risk” were paid to attend school. Paid money just to have their bodies in the building. No, they did not have to behave or participate in class or make passing grades. As a teachers, I considered paying these kids more money to not attend so other students could learn.
The truth was that local businesses provided the money and by being at school, at least in the morning, the school’s average daily attendance increased, thus more money from the state.
If you don’t understand things about education, generally there is a money trail. Sad but so very true. The STAAR/EOC Tests are one of the biggest money making racket in our state. Pearson Publishing prints and grades these tests. Pearson Publishing gives money to Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) who are fighting to get rid of the STAAR/EOC TESTs. Pearson Publishing is now being recommended by Senator Patrick as having curriculum to replace CSCOPE lessons. Pearson Publishing owns Texas’ Virtual Education. Pearson Publishing sells materials for students and teachers to help them pass the STAAR/EOC Tests. As far as I know, other publishing companies are not allowed to view the STAAR/EOC tests. Doesn’t Pearson Publishing have unfair market advantage? Isn’t this called a monopoly? The same is true for the CSCOPE vendor.
What Effect is the STAAR/EOCs Having On Students?
The following is from a parent of elementary children.
I really need some one to listen ! My two daughters have loved school every since they stepped through the door.
When they started taking the STAAR tests, in the beginning they didn’t know the meaning.
Things really changed this school year. School was no longer fun. With one child in the 4th and the other in the 5th, the pressure of preparing for the STAAR changed my girls. Before my girls were subjected to da
y in and day out prepping and drilling for the infamous STAAR tests, my girls were happy. I picked up smiling, bubbling children excited to show me what they had done that day. Now, my girls don’t like school. Younger students still bounce out to the cars of parents, but not older kids who are always under the threat of failing the STAAR.
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP OUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!
Senator Patrick has shown us that we cannot trust our legislatures to help. If anything, the 83rd legislature lowered the Texas education standards and gave the CSCOPE vendor a pat on wrist. I do thank Freshman Steve Toth for standing his ground and standing up for education. His bill will place some control on the rogue Education Service Centers in Texas.
It is obvious that the STAAR/EOCs must be stopped. State tests can be useful if given to access progress. But the STAAR/EOC Tests are not achieving this. Will teachers go wild and only teach about their favorite topics, such as butterflies or dinosaurs? This is what the CSCOPE directors promote. If such a ludicrous thing was happening, it would be the principal’s responsibility to get the teacher back on track. The idea that a rigorous state tests results in good educators is stupid at best.
Let’s shelf the state tests for now. They are doing more damage than good.