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January 13, 2013

Educators give lawmakers an assignment this session

School districts banding together in effort to restore funding, address other educational issues during 83rd legislative session

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Under King’s bill, with the permission of the Texas Education Agency, districts would have the ability to select an assessment text that best fits their community, replacing the current one-size-fits-all, state-administered STAAR.

Area superintendents, including Brock’s Richard Tedder, Millsap’s David Belding and Hanks, voiced their initial approval of the proposition, but said they would need more details before forming a full opinion.

“At this point, I would need to know a little more info regarding House Bill 290,” Hanks said. “There are signification costs associated with the administration of assessments, which the state currently pays for.

“If you step outside of the state’s system, who would be responsible for paying for these tests? Would it be an additional burden on districts? I don’t know the answer.”

“As educators, we want to know if students have gained the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the next grade level or upon graduation,” Belding added. “A big question is whether one test truly gives us that information.

“I think some details need to be worked through, but I certainly appreciate Rep. King’s effort to try and flex regarding the vast number of state tests students must take.”

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