PV: Why the STAAR Test is Unnecessary


Megan Fling, Staff Reporter

The STAAR test is the states testing program based on core classes such as, language arts, math. Social studies, and science. All public school students in Texas, grades 3–12, take STAAR tests. It determines whether or not you get to go to the next grade level. I strongly believe that the STAAR test is very unnecessary because we have finals instead of STAAR tests, students are too stressed out, and the test is too hard.

According to Texas Assessment Management System, “ STAAR tests are designed to measure what students are learning in each grade and whether or not they are ready for the next grade. The goal is to ensure that all students receive what they need to be academically successful. Meeting these individual student needs depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working together.”  

Parents and teachers are concerned that the STAAR test is too hard. According to Texas Standard,”A fifth-grader would be expected to read at a seventh-grade level, for instance third grade would be expected to read at a fifth-grade level. This is not what we normally expect from children.”

The STAAR test alone cause large amounts of stress and anxiety to some students to where some commit suicide. According to HuffPost, “The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014 – the same period in which states have increasingly adopted Common Core standards and new, more rigorous high stakes tests. For the first time, suicide surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of death for middle school children.”

Some people believe that the STAAR test is necessary and that it helps the students. According to The Hill, “We need more accountability and transparency in our education system, not less. The STAAR test — designed and approved, by the way, with the help of Texas teachers — is one useful tool to help us ensure Texas kids are receiving the education they deserve. It’s time to stop blaming the test and start focusing on ensuring children can read.”

I disagree with the STAAR test, and i hope it won’t continue much longer. The state of texas should put their students first and do what’s best for us. And a frustrating test is not the way to do that. Hopefully Texas reconsiders their system with the STAAR test.