The Texas Education Agency (TEA) considers the STAAR Tests rigorous. UMM! TEA representatives considers themselves perfect, infallible, beyond reproach, etc…., thus they do not make errors on the STAAR or End of Course (EOC) tests. If you doubt this, just tell them about an error and you will get a response much like this—-TEA’s Response To Reported STAAR Error
No matter what you report to the Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, you will receive this response: Commissioner of Education’s Response
Ann Work, Education reporter for TimesRecordnews.com has written a series of articles about the STAAR. You'll learn facts that neither the Commission of Education nor TEA have made public.
Does spending $90 million annually on STAAR guarantee a great test?
If so, Texas got the shaft, said retired science teacher Janice VanCleave.
The Texas Education Agency will fork over nearly a half-billion dollars to Pearson Education to test Texas children from 2010 to 2015.
I can hardly stand the thought that $1,000,000,000 Texas Tax dollars are being paid to Pearson, a company not based in the US. WHY? You need to ask your state representatives and senators about this.
But first read Ann Work’s second report about the STAAR Test. An In-depth Look at the STAAR Test