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Reduce Excessive Standardized Testing (HB 3668)

ISSUE In the 1990s, Texas pioneered using extensive, high-stakes standardized tests as a tool to improve schools. The results have been mixed—standardized-test scores have increased, but college professors find students are less prepared for the kind of deep learning that will lead to successful careers. Texas requires more standardized tests than federal law requires, and […]

Limit PreK Class Size to Improve Education Quality (HB 41)

ISSUE In order for our youngest learners to receive all the benefits of preK instruction, we must limit teacher/student ratios in classes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recommends that there be at least 1 teacher or teacher’s aid per 11 students in every prekindergarten classroom throughout Texas. This ratio helps ensure that children who have […]

Improve Public Education Accountability. Ensure HB 1867 Gets a Hearing and Passes!

ACT THROUGH APRIL 30 ISSUE The public education accountability system grades students and schools based on standardized test scores–just one test on one day during a school year. Research has shown this is a flawed approach that not only doesn’t improve student learning but actually traumatizes many students. Teachers and schools are held accountable for […]

Rein in Harmful Charter School Expansion!

ISSUE Current state law favors charter schools over locally-controlled independent school districts. Under current law, charter schools: Receive on average $1,150 per student more state funding, money that could be used to improve local public schools. Do not comply with spending and reporting requirements followed by independent school districts. Continue to expand without the oversight […]