State could waive 15 percent requirement for STAAR test
Feb. 16, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2012 at 8:16 p.m.
The new Texas assessment test may not count toward 15 percent of a student's grade - for this year, at least.
Passed in the last legislative session, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness - or the STAAR test - requires high school students to pass 12 end-of-course exams in subjects like algebra, biology and world history. The exams were to count toward 15 percent of a student's final grade in the class.
But with end-of-course testing approaching in April and May, and practical questions about how to implement the 15 percent requirement still unanswered, Education Commissioner Robert Scott is considering waiving the requirement for this year.
The Victoria school board had on its Thursday night agenda a vote that would add the 15 percent requirement to the district's grading policy. The board decided to hold off on making the change until Scott issues a decision on whether to grant the waiver.
On Monday, state Sen. Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Education Committee and three other senators sent a letter to Scott stating he had the legal authority to waive the 15 percent requirement this year. The House Public Education Committee agrees.
Should he grant the waiver, Victoria schools would likely not impose the 15 percent rule until next year.