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2013-06-27 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD.,
Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD

I have written frequently in this column about my concerns over the excessive amount of state mandated testing taking place in our schools.

While I believe in accountability, many instructional days have been wasted these past two years in schools across our great state with a hyper focus on testing. Lexington ISD staff worked hard to not lose sight of our overarching goal of educating the whole child, despite the challenges we faced with the state accountability system. Still, I was delighted when the 83rd Legislature passed and the governor signed House Bill 5 (HB5).

HB5 reduces the End of Course Assessments that students must pass to be eligible to graduate from fifteen to five. The five assessments required to graduate are Algebra I, English I (combined reading/writing), English II (combined reading/writing), biology, and US history. The good news is that EOC assessments in Algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history have been eliminated from the testing requirements. HB 5 also eliminates the fifteen percent grading requirement. Under the previous rule, a student’s score on the STAAR end of course exams would have counted fifteen percent of the student’s final grade in each tested subject area.

On behalf of the Lexington ISD Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff, may you all have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday.

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