Fewer tests for STAAR proposed
Texas Association of Business, allies relent on some requirements.
Some of the staunchest proponents of Texas’ high-stakes testing system have finally budged.
Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business, and his allies acknowledged Wednesday that the 15 tests required under current law have become politically untenable. They unveiled a proposal that would reduce to six the number of end-ofcourse exams a student must pass to graduate. High school students would, however, still take 13 state-mandated tests but wouldn’t have to pass them all.
House Bill 3 “quite honestly overdid it a little bit,” said Hammond, referring to the