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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid Isaac’s bill to reduce state tests

The House Public Education Committee heard a bill that would pare back the number of required standardized tests, in line with the wave of legislation limiting high-stakes testing in public schools.

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Bid to ease testing in lower grades comes with caveat

Despite sharply reducing state testing requirements for Texas high school students, the 83rd Legislature brought only conditional relief from high-stakes exams for students in lower grades, who take a total of 17 state tests before going to...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Perry backs changes to student testing requirements

Gov. Rick Perry has added his voice to the growing chorus of state leaders who support revamping the state's newly implemented student assessment system.

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

At capitol education rally, tough words for Legislature

At a rally at the Capitol on Saturday, public education advocates accused lawmakers of strangling public schools with out-of-control high-stakes testing and funding cuts.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Amid anti-testing furor, a focus on high school courses

Following backlash over the rocky institution of a new student assessment program last spring, Texas lawmakers are scrambling to scale back the testing system they passed four years ago. As the Legislature tackles such reform, attention has...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Former House education chair lobbying for Pearson

Former House Public Education Chairman Rob Eissler has taken on publishing and testing giant Pearson as a client, according to recent Ethics Commission filings.