FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/21/2012
REP. GIDDINGS PUSHES FOR A DEFERRAL IN NEW STANDARDIZED TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ONE YEAR
Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas) signed on to a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott along with some of her colleagues, requesting that the commissioner delay implementation of the requirement that the new end-of-course assessments count for 15% of a student's final course grade.
Under this requirement, school districts must determine a student's final course grade by incorporating their end-of-course assessment as 15% of the students overall grade. This is problematic, because students and school districts are transitioning to the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of-course examinations and are not implementing the accountability requirements until the 2012-2013 school year. This deferral will align the grading requirements with the full roll out of the state's new accountability system.
Commissioner Scott announced that he would defer the implementation that end-of-course exams count for 15% of a student's final course grade to the 2012-2013 school year. Representative Giddings stated, "I am pleased that Commissioner Scott heard the will of the legislature and is deferring the implementation of the new grading requirement. After last legislative session, Public Education was underfunded by $4billion and I am unwilling to hold students accountable for a more rigorous testing requirement without first ensuring that all students have access to the appropriate tools to be successful."