Midway, TX — Tuesday night, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 5, which addresses education assessments, accountability, and testing.
Currently, the state's required STAAR testing program accounts for 15 percent of a student's grade in a course. The approval of House Bill 5 would now cut the number of standardized tests required from 15 to five. The bill also allows students to graduate without having to take advanced math and science classes, such as Algebra II.
For months, local Texas school districts have spoken out about the heavy emphasis placed on standardized testing. So, with the the new bill requiring less emphasis to be placed on testing, Midway ISD says there is some relief for educators.
"It is great that the legislators are looking at what happened two years ago and really paying attention to education this legislative session and the demands on kids, the demands on teachers, the demands on our budget. And, they're trying to be a little more reasonable with some of those expectations."
Legislators have also discussed funding bills to offset some of the cuts made statewide a couple years ago. House Bill 5 must now go to the full state senate for debate.