The Big Conversation:
School's out, but frustration with the state's new STAAR testing system continues to mount.
At a House Public Education Committee hearing on Tuesday, parents, students, educators and superintendents alike unloaded on state legislators about the new test, which has long attracted criticism for stricter standards that students and schools have been forced to meet as they grapple with major cuts to state funding. The test, results for which were released earlier this month, has also fed a broader backlash against standardized testing in Texas.
On Tuesday, lawmakers at times appeared just as exasperated.