Texas senator calls for STAAR test to be suspended two years

Texas senator calls for STAAR test to be suspended two years

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A big change in standardized testing for Texas schools may be coming soon.

Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) is calling for a two-year moratorium on the STAAR test, indicating it is an unfair assessment of both students and schools across the state. 

Lubbock-Cooper ISD Deputy Superintendent Macy Satterwhite said one test on one day is nowhere near an accurate assessment. 

"No one measure should ever be used to evaluate a child. No one measure should ever be used to evaluate a school or system," Satterwhite said.

Slaton ISD Superintendent Julee Becker said she also believes there is a better way to do standardized testing. but the solution, she said, is not to go without a plan. 

"They're wanting to put on the moratorium for two years, but what happens after that? So you kind of have to wonder to what's politcal and what's real," Becker said.

She said getting rid of the STAAR test would only create more problems and frustration.

"We have a hard time getting apple to apple assessments as is, so we care about growth. To have two different assessments, you can't compare them and know what the kid actually did, how they grew, or how the system is doing," Becker said.

One possible solution: Satterwhite said it is to have additional tests at different points in the year, so it measures growth, not just accountability.

"When we only give a test at the end of the year, it's really not a tool we can use to drive instruction, instead, it's a look backwards and the state is using it as a test, judge, and punish for schools, instead of being what tests are meant for. Which is to look at what's working in schools, what's not, and what we can do to improve," Satterwhite said. 

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