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Lindale superintendent shares thoughts about STAAR test


POSTED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 5:57pm

Many students, parents and now school superintendents are frustrated with the State Assessments of Academic Readiness test or better known as the STAAR test. Lindale ISD superintendent Stan Surratt wrote a letter to parents assuring them that this test does not define their kids. The letter is getting state wide attention, and a lot of other administrators are following suite.The Lindale ISD also got an overwhelmingly positive response from parents.

When the students at Lindale ISD were preparing for the STAAR test, superintendent Surratt saw the stress they were going through.

"We're much more than just simple test scores."

After the students took the test, Surratt decided to send a letter home to the parents.

"We wanted to write a letter to the parents reassuring them that we are more than test scores, we understand the amount of stress students and the anxiety the students feel and the parents feel."

In his letter he said:

"Your child means so much more to us than just a number. There is no test that can assess what makes each student special. "

"We overemphasize these tests and it's just putting way to much stress and anxiety on our students," said Surratt.

He shared his letter with other superintendents and it prompted them to write ones very similar, including Paris ISD.

"Texas is a great state. I don't know why we have a system that just wants to deny kids an opportunity to graduate or advance to the next grade based on one test one day a year," said Paris ISD superintendent Paul Jones.

Near Lufkin, Hudson ISD superintendent wrote a letter similar to Surratt's about three years ago.

She said it's great to see other superintendents voicing their thoughts about this state test.

"I've been in education for a very long time. This is the wrong game to be playing and standing up and telling our parents your children are so much more than one test and that does not define who and what they are," said Hudson ISD superintendent Mary Whiteker.

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