PV: No more STAAR


Jurnee Clark

Trinity Rocha

Trinity Rocha, Staff Reporter

The STAAR may have a lot of great outcomes, but the amount of fear and stress all for one test really makes you think if it’s all worth it. I strongly believe that the STAAR should be canceled and that  the state should come up with an alternate test or assignment for kids that aren’t in high school.

The STAAR or the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness is an important test. This test helps the state see if you’re prepared for the next grade, what you have learned and if the teachers are teaching you at the best of their ability. The STAAR is only tested on your core classes like for instance math, reading, writing, science and social studies. According to the Texas Assessment Management System website, most students will only get two to four testing days during the 180-day school day.

On April 8, 2019  Jeff Wheatcraft, a middle-school science teacher in San Antonio was interviewed about his article about the STAAR in his article he said how some parents are concerned about the test. “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.”

My experiences with the STAAR haven’t always been the best sitting in a room looking around to see I’m the last kid testing, staring and re- reading each question and paragraph thinking about how if I don’t I might fail. Having to deal with the stress and anxiety is the worst part about the STAAR, it wasn’t having to answer the questions or having to solve the problems it was the amount of fear it would cause, the fear of failing or the fear of disappointing. I truly think that the STAAR is unnecessary and that it will cause current and future students many problems.