State Of Texas Assessments Of Academic Readiness Or Staar

1430 WordsApr 12, 20176 Pages
Research Paper Texas contains a lot of issues when it comes to its education policies. The issue that has the most people thinking about and I feel more passionate about when it comes to education is the high-stakes testing in the Texas high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools. This issue has brought plenty of attention from students and their parents. The testing situation in Texas has been addressed from time to time, but there hasn’t been a proper solution that keeps the student performance numbers from decreasing in numerous reports. The problem is that Texas education emphasizes the importance of standardized testing - such as the current State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR - implemented to…show more content…
Moreover, the time of taking the exams alone add up to 20 hours per school year which equals to 1.4% of the entire school year ("The Truth About Standardized Testing In Texas"). Standardized testing proves to be unreliable when it comes to examining academic achievement. Per Texas Education Agency’s high school dropout and graduation rate, students’ achievement and graduation rate show to be always fluctuating proving that standardized testing in Texas schools has proven to not be effective in having students pass high school ("Completion, Graduation, and Dropouts Data Search”). The lack of the graduation rate consistently increasing shows that the teachers aren’t doing a proper job in encouraging students to get through high school, and that is what the Texas Education Agency desire the STAAR test to accomplish. I firmly believe that education should be a top priority for the state of Texas. It could possibly be the state’s priority, and the state’s government officials have faith in that high-stakes testing is the best way to enhance education. The high-stakes testing could give students skills in certain areas - such as working under pressure – but a 2016 report shows Texas is still ranked 41st overall in education ("Texas Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card”). There are proposed solutions already in the works, such as the aforementioned HB 133 that proposed to decrease the amount of exams, and also removes STAAR scores from teacher
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