School Districts Prepare for New Mandatory State Testing

School Districts Prepare for New Mandatory State Testing

Posted August 17th, 2011 by knelson

{...}Following a $4 billion reduction in state funding, districts are expected to teach more children with fewer instructors in larger classes.

The biggest difference, however, will arrive next spring, when hundreds of thousands of students tackle the STAAR test—or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness—which brings more demanding requirements and several more exams than the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Students in grades 3 through 9 will take the new test next year, but the roughly 350,000 incoming ninth graders statewide will be the first class required to pass 12 end-of-course exams to graduate.

“It’s a much more rigorous test, and I do worry about the impact of the [end-of-course exams] on our high school kids,” said Myra Pettit, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Lake Travis ISD. “And I wish it weren’t as much as it is, but I think the quality is going to be much better.{...}

You can read the entire article here to see how testing will change during the switch between TAKS and STAAR.