Fewer tests for STAAR pro­posed

Texas As­so­ci­a­tion of Busi­ness, al­lies re­lent on some re­quire­ments.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Kate Alexan­der kalexan­der@states­man.com Test­ing

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

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