Below is a letter from the state of Texas seeking statewide input on the state's assessments (STAAR) and accountability system. Your input as well as concerns are needed to help the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability make recommendations for statutory and meaningful change to the current system.
You have a voice, and it is being sought. If you want to see a testing and accountability system that is focused on students and learnng, your opportunity is here. I highly encourage you to share your thoughts that will ultimately impact our children and all children in the great state of Texas.
State Board of Education seeks public input
about assessments and accountability
AUSTIN - The State Board of Education (SBOE) is issuing a survey in English and Spanish to seek public input about the state’s current assessment and accountability programs and gather suggestions for future program development. The survey will be open online to all Texans through .
From October 2015 to March 2016, SBOE members held nine Community Conversations meetings around the state, meeting with more than 500 citizens to gather comments about the state’s student assessment and accountability systems. The online survey addresses the issues raised during the community meetings and allows for additional input from educators, parents, business people and students.
"Our constituents often talk to board members about testing and school ratings issues," said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich. "I felt it was also important for board members to have in-depth discussions to learn what educators, parents, business people and others want from these two high profile programs. I believe our findings will be useful in shaping the next generation systems."
The information gathered from the survey and the Community Conversations will be compiled into a report and presented to the SBOE for its consideration at its meeting. Once adopted, the report will be provided to legislative leaders and the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability.
The 15-member commission, created by the Texas Legislature, is to make recommendations for statutory changes to the state’s assessment and accountability systems. The commission report is to be submitted to the governor and legislature by .
The survey is available in English at http://www.surveygizmo.com/
s3/2762440/State-Assessments- and-Accountability-Survey and in Spanish at http://www.surveygizmo.com/ s3/2851839/Encuesta-de- evaluaciones-y- responsabilidad-educativa-del- estado. Bahorich encourages Texans to share the link to the surveys to encourage widespread participation.
Comments gathered at each of the Community Conversations are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_
TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_ Education/SBOE_Meetings/ Community_Conversations_about_ Assessment_and_Accountability/ .
For more information about the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, please visithttp://tea.texas.gov/