|San Jacinto News Times - Local News
Copyright 2012 - Polk County Publishing Company
School districts unite for new accountability system
SHEPHERD -- Shepherd ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Resolution Concerning High Stakes, Standardized Testing of Texas Public School students at its meeting on August 20, 2012. The resolution, drafted by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and endorsed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), strongly criticizes the current over-reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessment that really matters in the state and federal accountability system. It asserts that the current testing system is strangling our public schools, imposes relentless test preparation and memorization and is stealing the love of learning from Texas students. The resolution embraces accountability, but calls for a new system – one that uses multiple measures rather than just one test and results in a truer picture of the performance of each student, school and district. It encourages meaningful, student-centered work in Texas classrooms that cultivate unique, individual talents. As of this week, at least 739 Texas school districts have approved the resolution. Together those districts serve more than 4 million Texas schoolchildren.