Today’s hearing of the Texas House Public Education Committee showcased a rising tide of discontent in Texas with standardized testing. The message came from parents, teachers, principals, superintendents—all agreed something is badly awry. And their critique of standardized testing was not confined to the narrow issue of end-of-course tests as a factor in students’ grades.
On that particular issue, by the way, the Texas Education Agency’s top lawyer under questioning from the committee said today that school districts have wide latitude to decide for themselves how a student’s standardized end-of-course score will count toward the student’s grade-point average. Apparently, though a school district must count each end-of-course exam as 15 percent of a student’s grade in the course, it doesn’t have to count that score toward the GPA. Read More