Changes to STAAR test could be coming

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The big assessment test students take in Texas could be getting a makeover. Lawmakers have created a commission called the Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability to review the STAAR test to decide if it’s doing its job of assessing how much a student has learned.

Tuesday, the commission will hear testimony from the new commissioner from the Texas Education Agency, the Commissioner of Higher Education, and the Commissioner of the Texas Workforce, as well as public testimony.

The STAAR test is given to students starting in third grade to test their knowledge at the end of a course like math, reading, and science.

Some of the questions this commission has been tasked with answering are – should one test determine if a student graduates? Have the standards become too high over the years? And does the state want to get students ready for college, a career, the military, or all three?

Commission member Theresa Trevino believes the test needs to evolve to fit individual students since everyone learns differently.

“Where a person might be in one particular time in their life and we are just taking a very small snapshot picture with one test may not necessarily determine what they are going to be doing for the rest of their life, there’s a lot that can happen and change for the better,” said Trevino.

The commission has until September to offer its recommendations to lawmakers who could take up the issue during the next legislative session. The public can submit their thoughts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. inside the House Appropriations Hearing Room at the State Capitol located at the Capitol Extension, Floor E1, Room E1.030, 1100 N. Congress.

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