Educational assessments: Why they matter
On Aug. 9, Texas 2036 President and CEO Margaret Spellings explained the critical importance of educational assessments during her virtual testimony to the Texas House Committee on Public Education. As the former U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret offered her unique perspective of having developed exams to measure and support students and schools across the nation and here in Texas.
The Importance of Assessment in Improving Student Achievement ✏️
Closing the Gap: Currently, our economy relies on out-of-state talent to meet its workforce needs.
- New Texans have twice the amount of bachelor’s degrees or higher educational attainment than native Texans.
- Assessments provide information that is valid, reliable, fair and comparable, which enables state leaders to resource strategies that improve student performance and implement those solutions in districts across Texas.
Keeping Up with the Times: Texas started assessing basic skills in 1979 and has increased the rigor of our exams over time. Today, we assess academic readiness for college and career through the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.
- The STAAR exam was recently updated with a $70 million investment from the Legislature and over 5,000 teacher hours to make it more closely mirror the classroom experience.
- In the 1990s, Texas’ strong assessment and accountability system helped improve student performance and be recognized as a national leader.
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- Data suggests Texas’ school district accountability system is strong
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Texas 2036 In the News 🗞️
Texas 2036 Senior Policy Advisor Mary Lynn Pruneda discussed COVID learning loss and the significance of exams like the STAAR on Spectrum News 1 Texas’ Capital Tonight last week.