Eliminate over-testing and under-investing in Texas students
TAMSA is a statewide, grassroots organization comprised of parents and other community members concerned with the overemphasis on high stakes STAAR tests and the misallocation of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the tests that should be going to the classroom. Our mission is to improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments that allow for more productive classroom instruction and more efficient use of public funds.
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TAMSA advocates for the following during the 85th Legislative Session:
- Replace STAAR with meaningful student assessments that provide timely and useful feedback with no high stakes.
- In grades 3-8, use assessments that provide diagnostic feedback in a timely manner to gauge how children are learning. National tests, such as Stanford, ITBS, ACT Aspire, are cost effective and proven, age-appropriate and meet federal requirements.
- In high school, in lieu of STAAR EOCs, administer nationally recognized assessments, such as SAT or ACT, including one science test. Such proven tests are actually used by colleges and can show aptitudes for career choices.
- Attaching high stakes to standardized tests by requiring a certain score for grade promotion and graduation leads to teaching to the test and other corruption of classroom learning. Texas should not attach high stakes to standardized tests.
- Limit standardized tests to no more than required by federal law.
- Retain the Graduation Committee option allowed under Senate Bill 149.
- If Texas continues to require state-designed standardized tests:
- Require TEA to comply with HB 743 that limits test length and readability to be age appropriate.
- Redesign math assessments to evaluate computation skills rather than gauge linguistic ability.
- Test readiness standards only.
- Eliminate field test questions on high stakes exams.