Texas AFT :House Public Education Committee Meets to Discuss Student Assessment

Publish Date: August 12, 2022 4:39 pmAuthor: Texas AFT

The House Public Education committee met Tuesday to hear public and invited testimony in regards to the implementation of HB 3906, in addition to the progress on suggestions by the  2016 Commission on the Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. HB 3906, from the 86th legislative session in 2019, known as for important adjustments to the state evaluation system to cut back the general variety of multiple-choice questions and to administer  the STAAR totally on-line by the 2022-2023 tutorial 12 months. Education Commissioner Mike Morath described the brand new merchandise sorts that college students will encounter this coming spring and highlighted the lodging that might be out there within the on-line administration. While the state could have “solved” the problem of getting ample pc {hardware}, Rep. Mary González identified that 2022 was the primary STAAR administration that didn’t expertise main technical issues like lapses in web connectivity. 

The commissioner additionally described the information from the “through-year” pilot of a possible new evaluation mannequin beneath which testing would happen all year long with a cumulative rating calculated on the finish of the 12 months. Not solely would this be a dearer system, including to an already inflated testing contract, however it additionally has the potential to wrest native management of curriculum supply from districts by permitting the state to dictate what instruction should happen by sure factors of the 12 months. Texas needs to be searching for methods to cut back pupil testing and the way a lot taxpayer cash is spent on it; Morath’s proposal would improve each. Texas AFT will carefully monitor the company’s finances requests for added testing {dollars}, in addition to the implementation of the redesigned assessments within the spring.

Near the tip of the assembly, Rep. Harold Dutton, chair of the House Public Education Committee, introduced the ultimate interim listening to can be involved with academics. The agenda for the listening to, set for Sept. 20, will: 

consider the influence of the pandemic on the state’s trainer workforce and present practices to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of high-quality educatorsexplore the influence of the educator preparation program regulatory environmentmake suggestions to enhance educator recruitment, retention, and preparation. 

Even although the varsity 12 months might be properly underway by then, we hope Chairman Dutton will invite a various group of educators from throughout the state, in addition to educator teams, who can testify on their unvarnished experiences of the previous few years and supply actual options the Legislature should act on to protect the educating occupation.  


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