Despite knowing that the Grade 3-5, and likely the Grade 6-8 STAAR, assessments do not comply with the time limits set in Education Code, the TEA is moving forward with plans to use those ratings in the 2015-2016 accountability ratings. This is done via the rulemaking process. Parents should submit public comment on this matter to the TEA. The proposed rule is 19 T.A.C. §97.1001. Public comment is accepted until June 27, 2016. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. The following statement, or one similar to it, should be raised in comments.
“The proposed rule 19 T.A.C. §97.1001 should be amended to require that no state assessment instrument may be used in the determination of district or campus accountability ratings unless such assessment complies with the requirements of the Texas Education Code, Texas Administrative Code, and any applicable federal law or regulation.”
Parents may also wish to cite the myriad problems with STAAR administration this year, along with the various superintendent letters on the issue. But please, make sure you include a comment about the assessments needing to comply with the law!!!
If you wish, you can cc TPERN on the e-mail at txedrights “at” gmail.com
TPERN’s public comment is pictured below: