POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8:14pm
Kilgore, TX (Longview News-Journal) — KILGORE — Students here won’t have to sweat over a state requirement that would have made Texas’ end-of-course exams count for 15 percent of their final grade, school trustees decided Tuesday.
The school board’s unanimous decision reflects a recommendation by new Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, who recently said the requirement needs more review.
Interim Kilgore ISD Superintendent Dennis Williams told trustees that the policy could jeopardize the grades of students who have kept up with assignments and performed well on tests during the semester.
“You add more of a chance for a kid not to be successful in that class,” he said.
Trustee Scott Montgomery asked whether the opposite also could happen — a student could bring a grade up by giving heavier weight to the comprehensive test at the end of the course.
Williams suggested that chances were against that since the end-of-course exams cover the entire semester.
End-of-course exams occur in many classes at most grade levels, but the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, is the most widely known.
Trustee Jimmy Kinsey was critical of the Texas Education Agency that mandated the 15-percent rule two years ago then pulled back for this school year.
“And they came back and said, ‘Wait a minute. We don’t know if we got it right or not, so y’all (districts) postpone it,’ ” Kinsey said. “And now they came back the next year and said, ‘We still don’t know if we got it right, so y’all postpone it again.’ ”
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