Winter 2016

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18 ATPE NEWS B Y J E N N I F E R C A N A DAY, AT P E G O V E R N M E N TA L R E L AT I O N S D I R E C TO R F rom test administration glitches to timing bathroom breaks, concerns about STAAR were a perennial news story during the last school year. The 85th Legislature will consider interim recommendations from the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, while also discussing whether to continue an ATPE-supported bill that helped some students graduate high school despite failing a mandatory STAAR test. At the same time, teachers who will be evaluated under the new T-TESS rubric this year remain concerned about what role student test scores might play in their appraisals. All of this points to student testing as a high-priority issue for the 2017 session. ATPE supports reducing the time and emphasis placed on high-stakes testing. We oppose the use of state standardized test scores as the primary measure of student achievement, educator effectiveness, or school performance. Texas's use of test scores as the basis for "grading" our schools, compensating and making career decisions about educators, and concluding which opportunities should be afforded to students is disheartening an already test-weary population of students, parents, and teachers. Alleviating the Pressure of Student Testing for the 85th Legislature With the start of the 2017 legislative session right around the corner, ATPE is preparing to address several public education priorities. Education Issues P R I O R I T I E S A N D P I T F A L L S

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