Texas House, Senate education panel hearings packed by testing critics
- Superintendents, teachers, parents and students critical of Texas' student testing program crowded state House and Senate education committee hearings Tuesday calling for lawmakers to scale back on the high-stakes exams.
- Over 100 people signed up to testify in favor of scaling back the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, with many voicing support for a bill proposed by House Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, that would reduce the number of required high school end-of-course tests from 15 to five.
- The Texas Senate additionally proposed eliminating the state's minimum high school diploma in favor of a single diploma with four concentration paths to choose from.
From the article:
AUSTIN — Critics of the Texas student testing program flooded hearings of the House and Senate education committees Tuesday, urging lawmakers to pull back on high-stakes exams in public schools. Superintendents, teachers, parents and even a few students called for scaling back the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, particularly in high school, where a large number of students cannot pass the exams. More than 100 people signed up to testify. ...
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