Dear Fellow Texans:
High-stakes testing is invalid and unfair. This is different from assessment, a larger umbrella category the includes standardized testing. There is no educational organization of any repute that supports the idea that high-stakes testing is valid and fair. If you have the time, consider attending this hearing on May 24, 2018 either to be present in solidarity or to learn of alternatives. They do exist. It's painful to consider how severely our children have been harmed by this. Let's stop harming children and consider not only more humane alternatives, but ones that encourage learning and student engagement.
THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
COMMITTEE: Public Education
TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 24, 2018
CHAIR: Rep. Dan Huberty
The committee will meet to consider the following interim charges:
Examine research-based options for evaluating student achievement
beyond standardized test scores, including adaptive and portfolio
assessments. Examine the scope of the current Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)in grades with the state assessment,
including the format, assessment calendar, and the limits of
instructional days, if any. Determine if it is appropriate to
limit TEKS to readiness standards that can be taught in less than
the school year. Review current Student Success Initiative
testing and make recommendations on its continuation or repeal.
Review the ability of the state to waive standardized testing for
students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Examine programs in public schools that have proven results
meeting the needs of and improving student achievement for
students with disabilities, with an emphasis on programs
specializing in autism, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Recommend ways
to support and scale innovative programs for these students,
including providing supplemental services, or incentivizing
public-private partnerships or inter district and charter school
collaborations. Monitor the implementation and funding for the
pilot programs authorized in H.B. 21 (85R) and review the Texas
Education Agency's compliance with S.B. 160 (85R), which
prohibits special education student caps.
Public testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes.
NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need
assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact
Stacey Nicchio at (512) 463-0850, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that
appropriate arrangements can be made.