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Thu Apr 11, 2013, 12:48 AM

Texas Considers Backtracking on Testing.

In this state that spawned test-based accountability in public schools and spearheaded one of the nationís toughest high school curriculums, lawmakers are now considering a reversal that would cut back both graduation requirements and standardized testing.

The actions in Texas are being closely watched across the country as many states move to raise curriculum standards to meet the increasing demands of employers while grappling with critics who say testing has spun out of control.

The Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill this month that would reduce the number of exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma to 5, from 15. Legislators also proposed a change that would reduce the required years of math and science to three, from four. The State Senate is expected to take up a similar bill as early as this week.

The proposed changes have opened up a debate in the state and beyond. Proponents say teachers will be able to be more creative in the classroom while students will have more flexibility to pursue vocational or technically oriented courses of study.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/education/texas-considers-reversing-tough-testing-and-graduation-requirements.html?hp

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Thu Apr 11, 2013, 01:20 AM

1. Actually increases the number of tests from 4 to 5.

The 15 test regimen had not been implemented yet, and people began to see how crazy it would be to make high schoolers pass 26 courses in 4 years AND pass each and every one of 15 tests.

So if you made the grades and got the credits, but you missed the 9th grade English test by 1 point, even though you would have passed the sophomore and junior tests, you could not graduate.

We're already testing 45 days out of 180 instructional days. That's a full 25% of the entire year testing only. When you quadruple the tests from 4 to 16, you go from 25% testing time to 100%. There literally would be no time for instruction.

Whole thing's stupid. We took none of these in the 50s and 60s, and all we did was walk on the moon and create the largest economy in the world. No wonder we had to revamp education.

Wait, what?

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 11:22 AM

2. Same here in MO.

We test 25% of the time. It's ridiculous.

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