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Legislation filed by state representative to have STAAR test eliminated

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A state representative has filed legislation to effectively repeal the STAAR test.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf (Odessa) filed legislation Thursday to effectively appeal the STAAR test by eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation or to make certain accountability determinations.

The Texas House of Representatives said in a press release that House Bill 736 is authored by Landgraf and it seeks to eliminate the STAAR test from being used for accountability measures.

"The state's attempt to ensure academic readiness and hold school districts accountable for student achievement through standardized state-wide testing has failed," Landgraf said.

With tests like the STAAR test, teachers are required to teach the test so the largest number of students can get scores to meet the minimum level of satisfaction.

"In my view, we should value teaching over testing,” Landgraf said. “This bill will allow us to get back to the basics of education so that Texas students are prepared for college, the workforce or the military when they graduate.”

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