POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, Texas — Students across Texas are poring over state-mandated tests this week even as lawmakers debate reducing the number of tests students must take.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness began Monday for high school students and expanded today to fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth- graders — putting schools in library-mode: “Quiet. Testing in progress.”
“It pretty much shuts things down,” said White Oak ISD Superintendent Mike Gilbert. “We feel like there’s a better way.”
At Hallsville, evening school activities were canceled thoughout the STAAR testing week.
If state-mandated “must-pass” tests put teachers and students under stress normally, this year seemed doubly so for some.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.