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Pro-con: Is Texas administering too many standardized tests?

By Carolina Astrain
April 14, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.

Cade Middle School eighth-grade teacher Xochitil Gonzalez dresses as Yoda for a "Star Wars" themed pep rally. The rally was held to spur enthusiasm before students enter a period of standardized testing exams.

The future of high school graduation standards lies in the hands of the state Legislature.

If House Bill 5 makes it through the Legislature and is signed by the governor, students will be required to take five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams instead of 15 to graduate, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

The House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 147 to 2. It was filed in February by Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, the House Public Education Committee chairman.

The bill was referred to the Senate's Education Committee on April 2, and a public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Before STAAR was implemented in 2012, students needed to pass four exams to graduate under the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

Pro: More tests provide way to assess achievement

Con: 'Fewer tests serves most children best'

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