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Opting Out of the STAAR Test: What Are the Consequences?

HISD says students who miss the STAAR test this year because their parents choose to have them opt out will not be disciplined. Nevertheless, will a growing opt-out movement make any difference in the purpose, value and impact of the annual standardized test? To find out, Paige Phelps talked with school psychologist Sarah Becker and […]

HISD says students who miss the STAAR test this year because their parents choose to have them opt out will not be disciplined.

Nevertheless, will a growing opt-out movement make any difference in the purpose, value and impact of the annual standardized test?

To find out, Paige Phelps talked with school psychologist Sarah Becker and former HISD teacher Sarah Rivlin. She asked Rivlin how she's seen standardized testing change over the years.

MORE: Houston Opt-Out Movement Ramps Up Boycott This Testing Season (News 88.7, March 28, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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