Superintendents publicly criticize state testing

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Several Texas superintendents are publicly criticizing the state's standardized testing system in advance of the upcoming release of score results.

Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris school district in Northeast Texas, says in a recent letter to parents that the tests known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness are "punitive." He criticizes a "one-size-fits-all" system.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1tpk78H ) superintendents in the Dallas suburb of Coppell (kuh-PEHL') and the East Texas towns of Longview and Van also recently sent letters to parents critical of the mandatory testing.

Statewide STAAR results for grades three through eight are scheduled to be released next week.

Critics of the assessments have argued that preparing for STAAR, including a concentration on test-taking strategy, has hurt classroom teaching.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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