FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/10/2011
Huberty Introduces HB 2509 to Delay S.T.A.A.R. Testing
Austin - State Representative Dan Huberty filed a bill Tuesday to delay the implementation of the new S.T.A.A.R. test, slated to begin in the 2011-2012 school year. Huberty's bill, HB 2509, would push the start date into the next biennium and the 2013-2014 school year.
After hearing the concerns of teachers and administrators alike regarding the time and money it will take to implement a new era of testing in an already cash-strapped biennium, Huberty filed this piece of legislation in the hopes that a two-year delay on testing would allow them more time to prepare.
"As a former Humble ISD School Board Trustee and parent of three children in the district, I fully support offering the quality education our children deserve and the intent behind the S.T.A.A.R. test, but we need to ensure that our schools have the materials necessary to be successful in this process. And at this point, it appears we do not have access to those materials," Huberty said.
S.T.A.A.R., or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, was developed with the intent to replace the existing test, T.A.K.S., or Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Currently, the S.T.A.A.R. test is set to be implemented this fall with ratings suspended for that year. Huberty's HB 2509 simply delays the implementation of S.T.A.A.R. until the next biennium, or the 2013-2014 school year in an attempt to save the State of Texas and individual school districts the time and financial burden it will impose.
"Currently, districts do not have the tools or money to teach the curriculum in the S.T.A.A.R. test and the State does not have the funds to develop or distribute the curriculum," Huberty said. "The local districts are in a very similar situation and many are simply unprepared to implement S.T.A.A.R. at this time. By delaying this, we are allowing the districts, and the State, to do this correctly, before it gets rolled out," he added.
Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo, of Humble ISD, is in favor of the legislation, saying "Until the State of Texas, the Texas Education Agency and local districts are fully prepared with the funds and resources necessary to ensure student success, we need to put S.T.A.A.R. on hold."
Huberty said, "At a time when districts, and the State of Texas, are looking for ways to save money in all areas, delaying S.T.A.A.R. is one small action that equals a huge gesture to the education community."
Contact: Casey Christman