"With just over 24 hours left for legislators to pass bills, those not heard before midnight on Sunday will die. House Bill 2836 by Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) is currently in conference committee and will go before the full Senate and House for passage on Sunday.
House Bill 2836 focuses solely on testing in grades 3-8. Call your legislator and urge them to support the bill with the following provisions:
- Reduce the length of tests to 120 minutes in grades 3-5, 180 minutes in grades 5-8,with no time limit for struggling learners;
- Refine tests to include readiness standards only for accountability purposes, supporting standards for diagnostic purposes only;
- Include revisions for STARR-Alt tests to be provided by the State and not teachers; and
- Require the length, scope and assessment of TEKS be studied.
Contact Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and the following conference committee members to urge their support for HB 2836."
Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), 512-463-0107
Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), 512-463-0128
Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), 512-463-0104
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), 512-463-0126
Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), 512-463-0131
Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), 512-463-0520
Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), 512-463-0554
Rep. John Kuempel (R-Seguin), 512-463-0602
Rep. Marsha Farney (R-Georgetown), 512-463-0309"