The Glen Rose ISD Board of Trustees voted Monday night to join 300 other districts that have adopted a resolution calling on the Texas Legislature to reexamine the public school accountability system and quit relying so much on standardized testing.
The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) developed the resolution for school boards. It also asks legislators to develop a system that “more accurately reflects student and campus performance” than “high stakes” standardized testing.
For example, career and college readiness are good indicators of student success, GRISD Superintendent Wayne Rotan said. So are graduation rates and winning UIL academic competitions, he added.
Parents who responded to a survey about standardized testing did not rank testing high on their list of the most important things for their children.
The safety of their children, producing well-rounded students, student happiness and well-being, graduating independent and creative thinkers and career and college readiness were what parents cared about most.
Producing good test-takers ranked last. Almost 59 percent of the 308 people responding to the survey thought standardized testing was over-emphasized, while more than 72 percent disagreed that standardized testing had improved the quality of public schools.
Currently, 45 calendar days, or about 25 percent of the school calendar, are set aside for state testing. This week, for example, several grades at Glen Rose Intermediate School campus are taking the new, more rigorous STAAR test.
The resolution also calls for a system that “more accurately reflects what students know, appreciate and can do in terms of the rigorous standards essential to their success, enhances the role of teachers as designers, guides to instruction and leaders, and
nurtures the sense of inquiry and love of learning” in students.
To read the full resolution as well as the survey, see www.yourglenrosetx.com and click on “Schools.”