'House bill 5' to limit testing in Texas schools
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Texas House Bill 5 (HB 5) proposed by House Public Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen, was discussed in our State Capitol in Austin on Tuesday.
HB 5 plans to replace the STAAR test system with one that focuses more on student-based learning. District 6 State Representative of Smith County, Matt Schaefer, tells KETK, "This education reform bill would take the number of standardized tests that are required for end of year course exams from 15 down to 5."
HB 5 would also restructure accountability in our public education system by rating schools by a letter grade; A, B, C, D, F. It will also require students to pass tests in core subjects such as, social studies, math, science, and English while reducing the emphasis on standardized testing.
Kiara Morgan is studying to become a Teacher, she also went to High School in Texas at East Plano H.S. she says, "They (teachers) don't really concentrate on teaching the student. They just try to get whatever information across that they think going to be on the test." Morgan says the solution is, "Focus more on the student. More students based learning."
HB 5 would also make more time in the classroom to customize lessons, and focus less on testing, which Schaefer says will be more beneficial to the students.