PV: Why STAAR tests are not needed

Destiny Sturdivant, Staff Reporter

I believe STAAR is not needed like we already have a lot of tests to do in class as it is so why have a big test to confirm whether or not we pass to go to the next grade. I feel as though this is not important anymore because we  have a lot of stuff to stress and worry about for us to we stressed over this one big test.  

Students in grades three through high school are required to take these yearly assessments. Passing the test is usually required to advance to the next grade level, and to graduate, according to the Texas Assessment Management System website.

According to Jeff Wheatcraft,  a middle-school science teacher in San Antonio, who was named 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators, the STAAR should be eliminated. He recently wrote an op-ed in the Dallas News about his personal experience with the STAAR test as both an educator and as a parent. Wheatcraft wrote that the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests have been embattled since their 2012 debut.

Camille Phillips, education reporter for Texas Public Radio, wrote that passing the test is usually required to advance to the next grade level, and to graduate. There are also concerns that the stakes are too high for both students and the schools themselves, that teachers are obligated to just teach the test, and that standardized test results don’t tell the full story of a child’s potential.                

We don’t need STAAR test anymore because it causes TOO much stress on us kids and we already have a lot of stuff going with school, problems at home and I feel like it could drive us kids crazy with all this pressure on us if we could take a test in class that would be better then taking a state test and being nervous about it.