The system has become so complex that former Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said in a January 2011 speech that the testing system had become a “perversion of its original intent.” We all can see the explosion of the number of tests since 1979. A typical student going through our schools from Pre-K to graduation will take a minimum of 32 state assessments. All state assessments administered throughout a school district takes at least 43 school days each year.
The testing structure has grown exponentially with the number and difficulty of the measures for students and schools.
We are proponents of a balanced system that assesses students to provide information about their learning and preserves the experience of school. Approximately 879 school districts have adopted a resolution urging the state to change the over reliance on high stakes standardized testing in Texas. All schools in Parker County have adopted this resolution.
Accountability focused on high-stakes testing does not give a clear and accurate picture of the performance of our schools for the communities we serve. Assessment that provides information to educators and parents to guide decisions for students is a much better use of time and money to ensure our children are given the best education and opportunity in the future.
Standing together in a unified voice,
Aledo ISD – Dan Manning, superintendent; Bobby J. Rigues, board president
Azle ISD – Dr. Ray Lea, superintendent; Bill Lane, board president
Brock ISD – Richard Tedder, superintendent; Bill Cooper, board president
Garner ISD – Marion Ferguson, superintendent; Michael Collins, board president
Millsap ISD – Dr. David Belding, superintendent; Dr. Dene Herbel, board president
Paradise ISD – Monty Chapman, superintendent; Homer Mundy, board president
Peaster ISD – Matt Adams, superintendent; Scott Johnson, board president
Poolville ISD – Jimmie Dobbs, superintendent; Lynn Duvall, board president
Santo ISD – Greg Gilbert, superintendent; Randy Parker, board president
Springtown ISD – Mike Kelley, superintendent; Amy Walker, board president
Weatherford ISD – Dr. Jeffrey M. Hanks, superintendent; Charlie Martinez, board president