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Relating to the administration of assessment instruments used to assess the performance of public school students.
HB 3906 would give schools flexibility in administering standardized assessment instruments, requiring that schools allow for 120 minutes per test for each test in 3rd grade through 5th grade and 180 minutes per test in 6th grade through 8th grade. This would allow schools to administer the STAAR test in in multiple shorter segments over more than one day, giving students more overall time to complete the assessment.
Additionally, the bill would eliminate certain writing assessments in fourth and seventh grades, and require the transition to electronic assessments, among other things.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3906 because it does not impact our principles. With that said, we do have some reservation about the possibility that breaking STAAR testing up over several days may add more stress to students rather than less, and may crowd out important student learning time. It is not clear that this bill would represent an improvement over the status quo.
We are concerned about eliminating writing assessments in fourth and seventh grades.