Annual STAAR tests in Texas public schools begin this week, and with them the oft-repeated complaints from parents and students who are tired of testing.
The Legislature in 2013 curtailed testing in high schools, dropping from 15 required end-of-course exams to just five.
Still, a lot of people say schools devote too much time and energy to testing. The Texas Education Agency says some form of statewide student assessment has been in effect in this state since 1980.
The purpose is to hold schools accountable for teaching all students the basic academic skills they’ll need in life — and we need them to have so our society advances.
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Perhaps too much pressure has been applied to students. Maybe teachers spend too much time on test preparation.
But the goal to improve public education for all students has been backed by an unbroken line of presidents for half a century. We have to get it right.