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(Bastrop County) February 23, 2011, 4:19 pm
About the bill, from Hochberg.
(Travis County) February 17, 2011, 10:34 am
Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education (2/15/11)
(Wharton County) February 12, 2011, 8:06 am
DO NOT put the writing test in 5th grade!! These kids already HAVE to PASS both the reading and math test before moving to the 6th grade. This is just more work for those kids that are already struggling. Also there is not enough time in the day for teachers to adequately prepare the kids for 3 tests!!!
Teacher in the middle
(Guadalupe County) February 7, 2011, 12:38 pm
This bill has some merit in rewarding students who work at or above grade level. However, putting writing in the 8th grade has 8th grade students taking 5 tests. The writing test needs to stay in 7th grade.
(Wharton County) January 31, 2011, 12:18 pm
In some districts your child is already singled out because they don't pass the test. In 5th grade, students are given the chance to pass 3 times. Two during the school term and once again in summer school. One a child has failed the test, that child is probably pulled out and tutored in a small group testing. If they failed the 4th grade test then that pull out or tutorials starts the first week of their 5th grade year. That is what I have seen.
(Williamson County) January 26, 2011, 9:19 am
Teach to the student.. not the test. Teach the skill...not the funding.
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(Hays County) January 18, 2011, 1:27 pm
Hochberg introduced this idea during an interim hearing as a "crazy thought" which I didn't think was crazy at all. If students prove they are doing well, why do we have to spend money on tests every year? Of course parents (and some teachers) will complain when their 4th Grader is singled out as someone who has to take the test again because they didn't do well in 3rd. So be it. One question: will the 4th Grade re-testers be placed in a different classroom for the year so the teacher can "teach to the test" or will they be with the non-testers?
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