The accountability system in the state of Texas is a farce! The system hasn’t changed anything for the better in public education. The inner city schools are STILL under performing while the wealthy school districts consistently do better than everyone else. This system has only scripted the curriculum taught so there is no room for teacher ingenuity, creativity, re-teaching time, nor anything fun left in the classroom. It is all kill and drill for these stupid tests that districts, administration, teachers and students fret about every single day because of the punitive outcomes of failure on exams that are full of errors, trick questions and pure BS. This year, the test was illegal and did not comply with the time limits that were adjusted and made into law. HOW DARE YOU TEA to not even abide by the rules! I believe you call that a ‘testing irregularity’!
These tests have done nothing positive for my children’s education. One of my children has accommodations as part of her Individual Education Plan for a student with dyslexia and autism, the former of which the district won’t even recognize and wouldn’t test for until the 3rd grade. However, I took action in first grade and she was diagnosed with dyslexia.
Not once has this test been utilized to pin point gaps in my child’s education. Not once have I been provided with nor had access to her test and answers so that I, myself, could see weaknesses. Not once has any teacher or administrator been able to explain what the usefulness of this assessment has been to my child’s education.
This has been a sham on the good parents, teachers and children of Texas. You have allowed MILLIONS of dollars to go wasted on these irrelevant, illegal and fraudulent tests and curriculum (that is about 2 years above what is developmentally appropriate). It’s time to wake up and admit this standardized testing has not positively impacted public education whatsoever. High stakes testing does NOT belong in the public education system. I believe their are better ways to utilize tax-payer resources to assess the status of our campuses and students in meaningful ways because nothing meaningful comes from the current system. I will vote and continue to mobilize others to vote against every single one of you who endorse this unworthy, illegal system. Our future generations are what’s at stake here and they are too important to stand idle and do nothing to stop this greedy machine of waste, fraud and abuse!