In early February, Texas Education Agency chief Robert Scott stood before 6,000 school administrators who had just seen an initial budget from the Legislature that cut $10 billion in state funding from public education.
One question drew cheers from the otherwise grim crowd: If there was no money, would the state still have to roll out STAAR, the new, more rigorous student assessment system?
The answer, it turns out, was yes. Now, eight months later, the State Board of Education may try to modify the system in a way that allays school districts’ concerns.
The first Texas ninth graders ...