Wednesday, May 8, 2013

School Board Advocacy Network supports testing reform in grades 3-8

School Board Advocacy Network Action Alert
Please call the lieutenant governor’s office and urge him to refer HB 2836 by Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) to the Senate Education Committee and have the bill set for a hearing as soon as possible.

HB 2836 would:
  • improve the accountability system by reigning in the amount, scope and time of state-mandated testing in grades 3 through 8; 
  • reduce state required testing from 17 to 15 tests in grades 3 through 8; 
  • ensure that students can thoroughly learn the TEKS readiness standards; and
  • reduce the amount of time students spend on each state test to 120 minutes in grades 3 through 5 and 180 minutes in grades 6 through 8.
Contact Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and urge him to refer HB 2836 to the Senate Educaation Committee and help reduce the high-stakes nature of state assessments in grades 3 through 8.