Texas Education Commissioner: STAAR test won't affect current academic year final grades




Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 10:01 PM

AUSTIN -- The controversial STAAR test will not affect a student's final grades for this academic year.

Texas Education Commissioner made the announcement at a conference Friday morning.

Educators from across the state gathered in Austin for a conference and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams gave the crowd some good news.

To a standing ovation, Williams signed documents that said this school year, STAAR test scores won't count toward the final grade for high school students.

"There's no doubt over the last several months if not over the last year there have been a number of questions and concerns raised by administrators, teachers, moms and dads and students themselves," Williams said.

Those who were calling for changes to the STAAR test rule believe Williams made the right decision.
"I think this deferment lessens some of the pressure for students so i think it was a good move and appreciated," said Elvia Noriega from Richardson ISD.

The state requires STAAR test scores be 15 percent of the student's final grade in each course.  Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst sent letters to Williams and asked him to defer the 15 percent rule.

Bills modifying the grade policy have been filed in the Texas House and Senate, so lawmakers will  take on the issue during the upcoming legislative session.

"There's a whole lot of conversation going on among members in both chambers about whether it's going to be 15 percent or 5 percent or no percent at all," Williams said.

"We're trying to do the right thing for kids and moms and dads and I think in that regard it is the right decision and we'll have the opportunity for a more indepth conversation come January," he added.