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Some Texas Superintendents Criticize Testing System Ahead of Latest Results

Statewide test results for grades three through eight are expected next week.

Next week schools across Texas expect to find out how students in grades three through eight did on this year’s state standardized tests.

That’s the STAAR.  The test is still fairly new since it debuted two years ago.

But even before the latest results come out, some Texas superintendents are criticizing the state’s testing system.

School chiefs in Northeast and East Texas have written letters to parents expressing their frustration. One superintendent called the tests “punitive” and a “one-size-fits-all” system.

Last year, the backlash against standardized tests forced Texas lawmakers to reduce how many exams high school students take.

But the latest letters from superintendents and an effort to tie test scores to teacher evaluations indicate the battle over testing is far from over.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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