It’s one less test that Texas students have to worry about.
Under House Bill 3906, fourth and seventh graders would no longer take the writing STAAR test, that tests a student’s ability to compose, revise and edit a variety of written texts.
But writing will still be a testing subject. The bill will add writing questions on the third through eighth grade reading tests without adding a lot more testing time.
An action that STAAR critics say will expand testing because more students would be tested on writing material.
Under the bill, an advisory committee would be appointed to guide the development of the test, and require the STAAR to be offered on more than one day, breaking the test up into three smaller parts that would be taken throughout the school year. Each section will be designed so that most students can complete it in 60 minutes or 75 minutes, depending on the grade level.
Also, no tests would be administered Monday, and the Texas Education Agency will need to come up with a pilot to replace the STAAR, with the goal of putting less pressure on students.
The changes will take effect in September 2021, and all schools will have to transition to online testing by the following 2022-23 school year.