Parents sue to stop use of STAAR results
Opposition continues to build against state-mandated standardized testing for Texas students. School administrators and teachers have already expressed concerns with the tests. And now parents are taking it a step forward.
For school children, graduation to the next grade often rides on passing state-required achievement tests, and today a group of parents announced they're seeking to have the latest results thrown out altogether. They claim the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness-- better known as the STAAR test-- just doesn't pass legislative muster. Attorney Scott Placek says, "The grades 3 to 8 assessments simply aren't valid this year because they don't comply with House Bill 743."
The group says the Texas Education Agency's own data shows taking the test takes much longer than the law allows. Ben Becker opted out of the STAAR test for his child saying it's become too stressful for the whole family. Becker adds, "There is no evidence that the high stakes STAAR test is corrolated with anything other than proximity of students to resources."
Becker believes schools are spending too much time and money on the tests, so now he's rallying parents to spend time and money to fight them. He started a gofundme page that has already raised more than $20 thousand dollars toward the cost of challenging the STAAR in court. Becker says, "These are parents sending in $5 donations, people who are forgoing other things in order to donate to this campaign because they know how serious a change is necessary for their kids."
The group hopes to have a judge issue an injunction to keep schools from using the STAAR results, but they won't know until later this Summer if that's going to happen.