Potentially fewer tests make local Superintendents happy
By Larry Lemmons
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:27:15 GMT — It would be hard to find a superintendent in Texas who believes students should be tested more.Right now High School students in Texas must pass 15 standardized tests before they graduate.Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo has authored Senate Bill 225, which would reduce that number to 5 tests.Pampa Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. David Young, says "I think it will take the laser focus we have on testing right now away.ã?? It stresses out kids, teachers and parents."Panhandle ISD Superintendent Blair Brown agrees.ã?? "We do test too much."Seligerâ??s bill would also replace the traditional 4X4 requirement of four years for math, science, English and social studies.ã?? Instead there would be a 26 credit program with core subjects and ten electives.The bill is currently in the education committee with many others.
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