Changes On The Way To Public Schools

A slew of bills passed through the Texas legislature could determine whether your child is promoted to the next grade.

It all has to do with school accountability and improvement.  And it starts with the taks test.

Ender bills passed unanimously in both chambers, failing the TAKS test would not be the sole reason students in third, fifth, and eighth grades are not promoted.

Instead, teachers and administrators would look at students' development over the year.

AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder says, "they can look upon that and make a decision as to does this test really reflect what this student knows, how far is this student from grade level?"

Also, the state would give individual districts more control over their own passing standards, rather than a uniform, across the state standard.

Dr. Schroder says, "people on the ground, in these districts know their community, they know their expectations, they know the students. They should have a say, educationally, what happens with these students."

But not do away with testing all together.

Highland Park ISD Curriculum Director Janet Hindman says,"we do think everything should be results-based, data-driven. We don't want to go back in time; because of TAKS and other state tests, districts have made some improvements."

Another bill allows school performance to be graded by test scores from over the course of three years instead of one year.

We spoke with state senator Kel Seliger earlier this evening and he says these bills are very encouraging as we move away from one standard by which all Texas schools are judged.