STAAR Hurting Not Helping

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The STAAR Tests are not Valid indicators of student progress.

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KXAN News: by  Erin Cargile , the STAAR tests are doing more Harm than Good.

Texas state Representative Aycock told KXAN it is troubling that three years after implementing the STAAR exam, there has been very little improvement in the results. He said under previous testing systems students made drastic gains after the initial year of testing.

TEA made the same report and praised the STAAR testing for maintaining stable results.

Yes, the  STAAR Testing is doing more harm to Texas education than good. The results on the reading and math STAAR tests for students in grades 3 through 8 determine whether students are promoted to the next grade. The idea of a student working hard and being rewarded with passing grades, even given awards for being on the honor roll as well as being promoted to the next grade level is no longer true in Texas public schools.

Parents of Honor Roll Students who fail the STAAR test need a bumper sticker like the one shone above.

Since only the STAAR test scores determine whether students pass or fail, what is the point of attending 180 days of school. The grades earned during the school year have no bearing on promotion in grades 3 through 8.

Parents, contact your state representatives now. Call, fax, send emails as well as letters. Our state representatives as well as senators make the rules for Texas education, but these politicians are more interested in votes. Lobbyists, such as Thomas Ratliff who represents Microsoft. Ratliff is illegally a member of the Texas State Board of Education because our Texas legislatures don’t want to cut off campaign funding that Thomas Ratliff can provide if  education bills that favor products sold by Microsoft are passed.

Your state representative and the state senators make many promises when campaigning for office. They want your vote. But once in office, the list of promises often is replaced by a list from lobbyists. This is an election year and your voice carries much more weight than it will after the votes are counted. So, let your representatives know if you are dissatisfied. Make your message as sort and concise as possible. Boldface important points so the person reviewing the information can zero in on the problem and solution if you have one.

Following are comments posted on the KXAN article, Star Tests: More Harm Than Good? by Ervin Cargile

The following comments were in response to the KXAN article.

  • Compassrose

    Who gave you those sample STAAR questions? TEA? Perhaps you should check out this site for the released 2013 5th grade math test and you will see the actual questions are much more complex than these.
    http://www.tea.state.tx.us/stu…

    STAAR has hijacked Texas education. What this article does tell you is how low the passing averages were. For 5th grade reading, it was 56%. A shocking 82,165 reading students scored below 56% to fail the test, and it isn’t because teachers and students are not working hard. IT IS THE TEST. Who in their right mind pays a billion dollars to create this kind of dysfunction? TEA Commissioner Michael Williams likes to say “We measure what we treasure.” If only we treasured that our children are actually learning and not just filling the pockets of Pearson and giving politicians something to feel self-righteous about.

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    Mary Scherich Foreman • 21 hours ago

    It does not really matter what the STAAR test is. Teachers teach the test anyway. That is what is mandated by ISDs so they can look good. Also their focus stresses the kids out. I found out you can opt out. Thinking about that as it is a pointless test. The teachers hands are tied. Feel sorry for them as they try to balance proper teaching vs toward getting kids to pass a standard test only.

  • Two tracks in High School based on 8th grade tests (not parental dreams). One group goes on to college prep and the other begins to learn a trade. Let the colleges decide which of the college prep students actually get admitted. College is not an appropriate choice for everyone.

    JP  independenttexan

    • That is how it was in my high school days. They called it tracking. It worked out better for the teachers and the students. Everyone got the same diploma though…but if you were in the college track…what did it

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    thebigzeus •

    Standardized tests are a waste of time and money.

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    Mary Scherich Foreman •

    It does not really matter what the STAAR test is. Teachers teach the test anyway. That is what is mandated by ISDs so they can look good. Also their focus stresses the kids out. I found out you can opt out. Thinking about that as it is a pointless test. The teachers hands are tied. Feel sorry for them as they try to balance proper teaching vs toward getting kids to pass a standard test only.

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      GOP Slogans

      But when we get higher standards people rebel against it because they know their kids are all special snow flakes.

      The science TEKS (state standards for each science grade and subject) are NOT “higher standards.” This was the BIG LIE promoted by the 20 Texas Educational Service Centers.

      FYI–Texas is divided into 20 regions with one Education Service Center for each. The objective of these state agencies are to provide services to schools in their district so that students are provided the best education. Instead the ESCs have become publishers and vendors, both creating and selling instruction materials without having to confirm that quality material is being sold. Because TEA promotes the products that the ESCs sell, these agencies have an unfair market advantage, thus they are a monopoly. Janice VanCleave

  • Michelle M

    Really? People are making it so easy for their kids to just give up. They prep all year for the test and if your child is failing it then it is your priority to make sure your child is on track all year. My daughter took it for the first time this year and she passed it. When I asked what she thought about the test, she said that she was afraid it was going to be hard and was nervous but turned out it was a little bit of everything they learned all year. Quit teaching your kids that it’s okay to just give up!

     

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