Parents, officials decry new Texas school testing
POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:41am
AUSTIN, Texas — Parents and community officials are expressing alarm about new, more-rigorous standardized testing for Texas school children.
Many are complaining about a provision allowing test results to represent 15 percent of grades for high school students.
Supporters say the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test will increase school accountability.
But during a five-hour meeting of the Texas House Public Education Committee on Monday, lawmakers raised concerns that some youngsters could see their grade point averages drop because their teachers didn't adequately prepare them for test.
Others quizzed school administrators on how they planned to evaluate test results — since doing so will be up to individual school districts.
Then lawmakers herd from the public, including parents clamoring that the tests could keep their children from getting into good colleges.