STAAR-Crossed Educators Take Second Look at Test
Districts from across Texas are finding ways to curtail a component of the STAAR exam that makes the test count towards students' grade-point averages and class rank, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The move comes in the wake of a growing unease with the role of standardized testing.
While the exam is required by law to compose 15 percent of a student's grade in each course, no specific guideline for doing so exists. With that leeway, individual districts are taking the reins into their own hands. Georgetown and Pflugerville, for example, have set minimum scores on end-of-course exams at 60 and 69, respectively.
In Austin, AISD has polled parents on several potential courses of action. Currently, all of the proposed options would affect class rank. But now with the actions of surrounding districts, AISD is poised to change how they'll incorporate the scores.
The Austin school board will meet today to discuss end-of-course exams. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Carruth Administration Center Board Auditorium, Room B100, 1111 W. Sixth St.