Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, proudly promotes the lie that STAAR/EOC Tests Assess Student Achievement
The Commissioner said, “It’s encouraging to see ongoing improvement in core subjects such as Algebra I and Biology as students and teachers adapt to the higher rigor of STAAR.” “Academic success for our students today strengthens the Texas of tomorrow.”
Why is the commissioner misleading the public with the lie that the EOC tests indicate academic success for Texas students? Does the Commissioner know how the scale scores for the STAAR/EOC tests are determined?
According to Commissioner Williams, in preliminary statewide results for the 2013–2014 school year for first-time testers, Texas students posted the highest statewide passing rate in Biology. The 93 percent passing rate also represented the largest increase (six percentage points) over results from the previous school year.
Why is the Texas Commissioner of Education Covering Up the Fact that Texas Students are not passing the STAAR/EOC tests, instead they are given passing scale scores? Is this to cover up the fact that the STAAR/EOC tests, much like the CSCOPE tests, have errors, are many questions are not rigorous just confusing and wordy?
Commissioner Williams should be reporting that to pass the 2012 and 2013 Biology EOC tests, students only had to answer correctly 20 out of the 54 test questions.This is a grade of 37%. This might make Commissioner Williams smile proudly, but I want pre-med students going to college to know more than 37% of the biology concepts.
What Commissioner Williams is not revealing to the public is that the STAAR and EOC tests are not valid. So why is the commissioner covering up the fact that the Biology EOC tests do not assess the ability of our Texas students? Is it because the STAAR/EOC tests are such a big money making business that even the Commissioner of Education has no real authority to stop this testing?
Why is the Federal Government paying for summer school STAAR/EOC re-mediation and re-testing?
Chilton ISD has a district policy that all students who fail the STAAR/EOC must go to summer school. Honor Roll students are failing the STAAR/EOC tests even with their low failing scores. In Chilton ISD, a banquet was given in the evening to give honor roll students metals. Parents of many of these honored students attended the banquet with a heavy heart because the principals informed them that their children were going to summer school because they failed a STAAR/EOC test. Has Chilton found a way to bring in more federal money? I wonder if the parents of elementary students that failed the STAAR understand that their children will be in special classes next year? The school has to carry through with the punishment for failing the STAAR. Thus, a 4th grade student who made all A’s in math but failed the 4th grade STAAR Math test goes to summer school. In the fall, this honor roll students will be in a special class for students who do not understand math. It is called an accelerated math class. Sounds like a class for gifted students, but it is just another way to mislead and confuse parents.
The number of correct answers to pass the 2014 Biology test has not been posted by TEA yet. Were fewer than 20 correct answers needed? Is that why the percent passing rate increased?
Ditto is all I have to say about the Algebra I EOC passing grades. Like Biology EOC tests, to pass the Algebra I EOC test students only needed 20 our of the 54 questions.
Fraud is a deliberate deception. Is it correct to say that the STAAR/EOC reports are fraudulent? Am I correct that announcing that 93% of the Texas students taking the Biology EOC test pass is deceptive when students only had to answer correctly 20 of the 54 questions? School districts are receiving honors because their students are passing the EOC tests.
Why isn’t the Texas Commissioner of Education investigating this?
Is the Texas Commissioner of Education just a title? No bark and certainly no bite! Just smile for the camera and repeat the praise reports from TEA and Pearson