Prep or Pay: Aledo ISD Threatens Fines for STAAR Prep

January 8, 2019
According to parents, an Aledo ISD 4th grade class has been told to prep or pay!  While this is extreme (and in fact may reflect some type of fake reward money), the obsession with testing and test prep leaps off the page at you.  Consider this the next time someone tells you that STAAR prep […]

“What Are You Teaching Your Kids?”

May 11, 2017
Sigh.  It’s that time of year.  Despite clear rules on discussion pages that preclude the debate over the motives or wisdom of opt out parents, we get several people every year who have to post nonsense such as “life is hard” and “what are you teaching your children?”  So here’s a brief answer to that […]


April 25, 2017
Txedrights is pleased to present our first STAAR Opt Out webinar.  Join TPERN Chairman Scott Placek and panelists Caite Brooks, Sarah and Ben Becker and Edy Chamness as they discuss the legalities and practicalities of Opting Out of STAAR.  The webinar is free and can be joined by going here: Webinar Link at 8 p.m. […]

IGC Graduation Does NOT Require Two Failed Attempts on EOCs

March 20, 2017
Update 2017-2018: We are pleased to note that ESC 12 has removed the two attempt/two failure language from their updated Powerpoints. It’s always something.  For whatever reason, misinformation spreads faster in school districts than lice. And much like lice, the students are always the ones who get the raw end of the deal.  Although we […]

Breaking . . . Lost STAAR Exams

March 28, 2016
Reports from Houston are that assessment booklets and coded scantrons for over 20 HISD schools, KIPP and Spring ISD have been lost.  Campus administrators are being required to pick up replacements and uncoded scantrons tonight.  Students will be required to fill their scantrons with all necessary identifying information in the morning, increasing the possibility of reporting error. […]

TPERN Responds to Houston ISD Warning Letter

April 24, 2015
The Houston Chronicle recently published an article noting that Houston ISD had sent a warning letter to parents who opted out of STAAR assessment.  The letter was full of legal and factual errors, but was also notable for its blatant declaration that mandatory summer school awaits all kids who have opted out of STAAR.  This […]

Texas Parents’ Educational Rights Network Launches Website

April 2, 2014
In response to numerous inquiries for assistance in issues relating to standardized testing, the Texas Parents’ Educational Rights Network has been established to provide a clearinghouse for the sharing of resources and for the collection of reports on school district responses to the exercise of parental and student educational rights. The network website can be found at