POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 6:32pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:32am
This week, students all over Texas are taking the STAAR test.
It is one of those high stakes exams that can literally decide whether a student moves up to the next grade.
STAAR stands for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, and this week, 7000 fifth and eighth graders is Tyler ISD, along with the rest of the state, will be taking the reading and writing tests, and it is make or break.
By state law, if a student doesn’t pass the test, they can’t advance to the next grade.
And it doesn’t matter what the student’s grades are. A straight- A pupil who doesn’t pass the STAAR in 3 tries does not move on.
There is supposed to be tutoring for students that fail, but the budget for that has been cut from $278 billion dollars to $41 – million.
But unless the Education Commissioner Michael Williams certifies that the tutoring can be paid for, the test will not make or break promotion.
A spokesperson says, they think they can make the money stretch.
The agency warns parents to assume the old rules are in place, and this test will be literally, make or break.
There are bills moving through the House and Senate that would lessen the clout of the tests.
Many teachers would be happy to see that happen.