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Summary: HB 866 seeks to reduce the testing burden for students in grades three through eight by eliminating certain assessment requirements, allowing students to take an assessment for the previous year when they did not perform well, and allowing the state to submit a waiver to the federal government for education requirements that this bill violates.
Analysis: HB 866 performs a legitimate role of government by allowing the state to determine the best method for assessing a student's academic progress. This legislation seeks to provide more time for teachers to dedicate towards educating their students rather than focusing on preparing them for an exam. Furthermore, HB 866 gives the state more autonomy to tailor education to meet the needs of Texas' students rather than the federal government requirements that may not address the unique needs of this state. Lastly, the reduction in assessments also reduces the cost to the state and ultimately the burden on taxpayers. We support HB 866.