• October 25, 2020

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Is STAAR too hard on young readers? The standardized test

Texas’ unpopular statewide standardized test is once again caught in legislative crosshairs, this time after a controversial Texas Monthly article has questioned whether the test was evaluating elementary and middle school students based on reading passages that were one to three grades above their level. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, along with academic experts and educators, will appear […]Read More

Embattled STAAR Test Vendor Facing $20 Million Fine

The Texas Education Agency is penalizing the New Jersey-based company that develops and administers the state’s controversial STAAR tests — to the tune of $20.7 million — over widespread logistical and technical issues reported with the spring administration, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced Tuesday. The problems caused thousands of students to lose answers to online standardized tests. The education […]Read More

Judge Denies State’s Request to Toss STAAR Suit

After a group of parents sued the Texas Education Agency over the 2016 administration of STAAR exams, state lawyers argued this summer that the parents had no standing and asked the courts to drop the case. This week, the first day of school for many Texas children, Travis County District Court Judge Stephen Yelenosky denied […]Read More

Thousands of Seniors Who Failed STAAR Exams Graduated in 2015

More than 6,000 Texas high school seniors were able to graduate in 2015 even though they didn’t pass all of their end-of-course exams, according to data the Texas Education Agency posted online this spring but did not announce. Their advancement was made possible by the Legislature’s overwhelming approval last year of legislation reducing the number […]Read More

Foul Ups Prompt State to Scrap School Test Scores

Fifth and eighth graders who failed STAAR exams this year won’t be held back a grade or be required to retest later this month, Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced late Friday, citing “ongoing reporting issues” with the state’s new testing vendor. “I apologize for the continuing problems our students and staff are being forced to […]Read More

Parents Sue Texas Education Agency Over STAAR Exams

A backlash against this year’s STAAR exams escalated Monday when a group of parents sued the state in an attempt to keep schools from using 2016 test scores to rate students — including deciding whether students should advance to the next grade or attend summer school. The lawsuit, filed against the Texas Education Agency in […]Read More

STAAR Passing Rates Flat Under Higher Standards

Passing rates on the statewide standardized exam known as STAAR have barely changed among fifth- and eighth-graders, newly released testing results show. They may be viewed as an improvement, however, given this year’s higher passing standards. Results on fifth- and eighth-grade reading and math exams administered this spring, released Friday by the Texas Education Agency, […]Read More

Computer Glitch Affected Thousands of STAAR Exams

Technical issues last week that caused public school students to lose their answers on state standardized exams affected more than 14,000 computerized tests, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the State Board of Education on Wednesday. Most of the exams in question were being taken by special-education students, he said during a regularly scheduled update to […]Read More

State ups passing standards on school STAAR exams

It will get harder for Texas public school students to pass standardized tests this year, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Tuesday, ending speculation that new, higher standards might be delayed. But Williams said the state will ease into the tougher passing standards more slowly than originally planned. Since they were launched three and a half […]Read More