Texas requires more standardized tests than federal law requires, and requires that each student pass these tests to advance or graduate. Because this kind of testing has cultural and learning-style biases, many students are being held back until they give up on school and drop out. The loss of instructional time and flexibility from overdependence on a particular testing mode has impaired learning by students of all ability levels, as well as driven many teachers out of the profession.
Parents, educators, and advocacy groups have called for the elimination of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and end-of-course assessments. HB 764 would eliminate STAAR exams (which are not federally required) in elementary and middle school grades, remove high school end-of-course exams, and reform high school graduation requirements. (Districts may replace end-of-course exams with with exams such as the SAT or ACT.)
The bill includes similar language as in HB 3668, which would have had the same result; but HB 764 also allows children with cognitive disabilities to be exempt from current standardized testing.
The bill was passed in the House on May 7 with full bipartisan support and is backed by several teacher associations and education advocacy organizations. The Senate Education committee will hear and vote on the bill in the coming days. This is the best opportunity ever to improve classroom education by reining in unnecessary and harmful students testing!
Every Texan should call members of the Senate Education Committee and their own senator. Ask them to support House Bill 764.
You can say/write:
My name is _______ and I live in ______. My zip code is ______. I urge Senator __________ to support House Bill 764. Reducing standardized testing to federally required levels would give schools more instructional time. It would also allow students with cognitive disabilities to be exempt from standardized testing. The bill was passed with full bipartisan support in the House, and is backed by several teacher associations and education advocacy organizations. Please vote YES on HB 764.
Senate Education Committee
- Chair: Sen Larry Taylor, 512-463-0111
- Vice-Chair: Sen Eddie Lucio, 512-463-0127
- Member: Sen Paul Bettencourt, 512-463-0107
- Member: Sen Bob Hall, 512-463-2880
- Member: Sen Brian Hughes, 512-463-0101
- Member: Sen Jose Menendez, 512-463-0126
- Member: Sen Angela Paxton, 512-463-0108
- Member: Sen Charles Perry, 512-463-0128
- Member: Sen Beverly Powell, 512-463-0110
- Member: Sen Charles Schwertner, 512-463-0105
- Member: Sen Royce West, 512-463-0123