Q. What steps should be taken to make Aledo ISD the best it can be?
A. As a trustee, I will work with my peers to learn about the district’s “rights” with regard to state-sanctioned testing — and specifically STAAR testing. As the parent of a sixth-grade student, I have now endured three years of STAAR tests. Each year I tell my son that he will be fine, and each year he is fine — as I expect the kids and grandkids are of most of those who are reading this paragraph. My pain comes when I see how hard these tests are on my son’s classroom teachers, his principals and his entire campus community during the two or three weeks of state-sanctioned tests. I have taken my share of standardized tests, and I expect that my children will take theirs as well; however, I do not believe that the one-size-fits-all approach to testing at the elementary and secondary-level that we now have in Texas vis-à-vis STAAR is what President George W. Bush had in mind when he passed the “No Child Left Behind Act” in 2001. And I feel just as certain that it must pain the president greatly to think that STAAR may be mistakenly remembered as one of his legacies.