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Texans Advocating for
Meaningful Student Assessment
(TAMSA)

Implementation of HB5 and Further Progress
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TAMSA Overview
Evolution of Texas Student Assessments
HB5 Overview
TAMSA Advocacy Objectives
How You Can Help

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Who Is TAMSA?

A statewide, grassroots organization comprised of
concerned parents and other community members

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Mission
Improve public education in Texas through the use
of meaningful and effective student assessments,
allowing:
 mor...
Statewide Membership
Texas Education Service Centers:
1. Edinburg
2. Corpus Christi
3. Victoria
4. Houston
5. Beaumont
6. ...
TAMSA’s Motivation
• Support accountability, with high expectations for
our children and our schools.
• Appalled by the ne...
TAMSA Overview
Evolution of Texas Student Assessments
HB5 Overview
TAMSA Advocacy Objectives
How You Can Help

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Texas Student Assessment Programs
Year Began

Name

# High Stakes*

1979

TABS

X

1984

TEAMS

X

1989

TAAS

X

2003

TA...
Return on Investment of Testing
Parents, employers, & taxpayers ask:
1. How much are we spending on these tests?
2. What i...
Texas Tax Dollars Paid to Pearson

2000 – 2001
$39,122,054
2005 – 2006
$87,427,757
2010 – 2011
$90,665,041

2001 – 2002
$5...
Lost Opportunity

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TAKS% Passing: Sum of All Grades
2003 - 2011

Mathematics

Reading

Writing

Science

Social Studies

100
95
90
85
80
75
7...
Texas Mean SAT Scores
2003 - 2010

African Am.

Hispanic

White

Asian

1200
1150

(Maximum Score 1600)

1100
1050
1000
95...
College Persistence
Success in Higher Education Overall

*Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems ...
College Persistence
Success in Higher Education by Ethnicity

*Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Sys...
Is It Worth It?
1. Taxpayer Expense: $1.2 Billion (minimum)
2. College and Career Ready: No measurable
improvement
3. Succ...
TAMSA Overview
Evolution of Texas Student Assessments
HB5 Overview
TAMSA Advocacy Objectives
How You Can Help

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High School STAAR Testing Before HB5
2012-2013 State of Texas Assessments of Academic
Readiness (STAAR®) program included:...
High School STAAR Testing Before HB5
15 tests in all 4 core subjects
English

Math

Science

History

English I (R&W)*

Al...
State High-Stakes Exam Comparison
15 state-mandated, high-stakes tests required to
graduate from Texas high-schools far ou...
What Changed in 2013?

• House Bill 5 (HB 5) passed unanimously
in both the House and Senate
• HB 5 limited the number of ...
HB5 decreases STAAR EOCs
5 STAAR EOCs for high school graduation (beginning
2013-14 school year):
• English I (reading and...
Texas vs. Federal High School Testing

TEXAS 5 STAAR EOCs

FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS

Must Pass to Graduate

NOT High-Stakes

•...
HB5 Limits Benchmark Tests
“Benchmark tests” are district-required
assessments designed to prepare students
for state-mand...
Testing for Grades 3-8 Did Not Change
The same grades and subjects are tested with TAKS and
STAAR, but STAAR exams are tim...
TAMSA Overview
Evolution of Texas Student Assessments
HB5 Overview
TAMSA Advocacy Objectives
How You Can Help

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Advocacy Objectives
1. Use state-required standardized testing for
diagnostic purposes only
2. Support the implementation ...
Diagnostic Testing Only
• Eliminate all Texas mandated high-stakes testing

• Ensure state-required exams are diagnostic, ...
Support HB5 Implementation
• Continue to work with TEA (responsible for
implementing HB5), educators, and legislators
• En...
Appropriate Use of Testing
• Ensure appropriate use of standardized testing for
special education students, including pare...
Limit STAAR Testing in Grades 3-8
• Eliminate high-stakes tests in grades 5 and 8;
Research shows grade retention does not...
No Additional Required EOCs

HB5 allows optional Algebra II and English III EOCs at
the district’s discretion, starting in...
National Norm-Referenced Tests
TAMSA believes national norm-referenced tests
provide better student assessment than expens...
TAMSA Overview
Evolution of Texas Student Assessments
HB5 Overview
TAMSA Advocacy Objectives
How You Can Help

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What TAMSA’s Done
• Met with legislators, parents, teachers,
community groups and businesses
• Worked with education and t...
What TAMSA Members Did
• Joined TAMSA, liked us on Facebook,
followed us on Twitter
• Acted when we sent them instructions...
Continue Progress, Continue Action
• Because of committed and passionate parents &
voters, our voices were heard in Austin...
Next Steps
• Continue to work with TEA on proper and timely
implementation of HB5
• Retain a strong parent voice through d...
Please Join Us
Sign up for updates on our website:
www.tamsatx.org
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
www.facebook.com/tams...
“I believe in standardizing
automobiles,
not human beings.”
Albert Einstein

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Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment, TAMSA, is a statewide, grassroots organization comprised of parents and other community members concerned with the overemphasis on high stakes STAAR tests and the misallocation of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the tests that should be going to the classroom. Our mission is to improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments that allow for more productive classroom instruction and more efficient use of public funds. This presentation provides a general overview.

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  1. 1. Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA) Implementation of HB5 and Further Progress 1
  2. 2. TAMSA Overview Evolution of Texas Student Assessments HB5 Overview TAMSA Advocacy Objectives How You Can Help 2
  3. 3. Who Is TAMSA? A statewide, grassroots organization comprised of concerned parents and other community members 3
  4. 4. Mission Improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments, allowing:  more productive classroom instruction  more efficient use of public funds 4
  5. 5. Statewide Membership Texas Education Service Centers: 1. Edinburg 2. Corpus Christi 3. Victoria 4. Houston 5. Beaumont 6. Huntsville 7. Kilgore 8. Mount Pleasant 9. Wichita Falls 10. Richardson (Dallas) 11. Fort Worth 12. Waco 13. Austin 14. Abilene 15. San Angelo 16. Amarillo 17. Lubbock 18. Midland 19. El Paso 20. San Antonio *Pins represent districts, organized by ESCs, with TAMSA members signed up on our website as of 3/18/13 5
  6. 6. TAMSA’s Motivation • Support accountability, with high expectations for our children and our schools. • Appalled by the negative impact of increased overtesting on classroom instruction and our students. • Collaborated with many others during the 2013 legislative session to pass legislation reforming standardized tests (HB5). 6
  7. 7. TAMSA Overview Evolution of Texas Student Assessments HB5 Overview TAMSA Advocacy Objectives How You Can Help 7
  8. 8. Texas Student Assessment Programs Year Began Name # High Stakes* 1979 TABS X 1984 TEAMS X 1989 TAAS X 2003 TAKS X 2012 STAAR/EOC 22 “High Stakes” tests must be passed to either advance to the next grade level or graduate. 8
  9. 9. Return on Investment of Testing Parents, employers, & taxpayers ask: 1. How much are we spending on these tests? 2. What is the purpose of these tests? 3. Do these tests help prepare students for college or careers? 9
  10. 10. Texas Tax Dollars Paid to Pearson 2000 – 2001 $39,122,054 2005 – 2006 $87,427,757 2010 – 2011 $90,665,041 2001 – 2002 $50,208,435 2006 – 2007 $100,214,658 2011 – 2012 $89,058,910 2002 – 2003 $47,451,455 2007 – 2008 $87,260,970 2012 – 2013 $93,369,544 2003 – 2004 $58,692,430 2008 – 2009 $92,103,116 2013 – 2014 $96,532,517 2004 – 2005 $62,641,857 2009 – 2010 $85,208,340 2014 – 2015 $98,766,605 TOTAL 2000 – 2015 $1,178,723,689 10
  11. 11. Lost Opportunity 11
  12. 12. TAKS% Passing: Sum of All Grades 2003 - 2011 Mathematics Reading Writing Science Social Studies 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 *2009 – 2011 include TAKS-Acc 50 45 40 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009* 2010* 2011* 12
  13. 13. Texas Mean SAT Scores 2003 - 2010 African Am. Hispanic White Asian 1200 1150 (Maximum Score 1600) 1100 1050 1000 950 900 850 800 750 700 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 13
  14. 14. College Persistence Success in Higher Education Overall *Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) report “A New Measure of Educational Success in Texas: Tracking the Success of 8th Graders Into and Through College” Feb. 2012 14
  15. 15. College Persistence Success in Higher Education by Ethnicity *Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) report “A New Measure of Educational Success in Texas: Tracking the Success of 8th Graders Into and Through College” Feb. 2012 15
  16. 16. Is It Worth It? 1. Taxpayer Expense: $1.2 Billion (minimum) 2. College and Career Ready: No measurable improvement 3. Success in Higher Education: Below national levels 4. Dropout Forecast: Troubling 16
  17. 17. TAMSA Overview Evolution of Texas Student Assessments HB5 Overview TAMSA Advocacy Objectives How You Can Help 17
  18. 18. High School STAAR Testing Before HB5 2012-2013 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program included: • Count EOC scores as 15% of course grades • Pass 15 End-of-Course (EOC) exams to graduate • Achieve a cumulative score on three tests by subject matter to graduate • To qualify for admission to a Texas 4-year college, achieve a designated score on English III and Algebra II 18
  19. 19. High School STAAR Testing Before HB5 15 tests in all 4 core subjects English Math Science History English I (R&W)* Algebra I Biology World Geography English II (R&W)* Geometry Chemistry World History English III (R&W)* Algebra II Physics U.S. History * Reading & Writing: 2 separate exams, 4 hours each, minimum of 2 essays 19
  20. 20. State High-Stakes Exam Comparison 15 state-mandated, high-stakes tests required to graduate from Texas high-schools far outnumbered any other state’s requirements1 Number of States 25 0 7 10 2 4 Number of Tests Required to Pass for Graduation 0 1 2 3 4 5 1 TEXAS 6 - 9 11 - 15* *Depending on Graduation Plan 1 Data from Center of Education Policy: “State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition” 9/12 20
  21. 21. What Changed in 2013? • House Bill 5 (HB 5) passed unanimously in both the House and Senate • HB 5 limited the number of STAAR EOCs in high school and reformed graduation plans 21
  22. 22. HB5 decreases STAAR EOCs 5 STAAR EOCs for high school graduation (beginning 2013-14 school year): • English I (reading and writing combined) • English II (reading and writing combined) • Algebra I • Biology • US History In the 2015-16 school year, English III and Algebra II EOCs can be administered at the district’s option. 22
  23. 23. Texas vs. Federal High School Testing TEXAS 5 STAAR EOCs FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS Must Pass to Graduate NOT High-Stakes • • • • • English I English II Algebra I Biology US History • Reading • Math • Science 23
  24. 24. HB5 Limits Benchmark Tests “Benchmark tests” are district-required assessments designed to prepare students for state-mandated (STAAR) tests. HB5 permits ONLY TWO (2) per year per subject tested. If you have any concerns about benchmarks in your child's school, check with your principal and school district board of trustees. 24
  25. 25. Testing for Grades 3-8 Did Not Change The same grades and subjects are tested with TAKS and STAAR, but STAAR exams are timed and more rigorous. Grade Math Reading 3 X X 4 X X 5 X X 6 X X 7 X X 8 X X Writing Science S. Studies X X X X X Federal requirements dictate 14 tests; Texas administers 17. 25
  26. 26. TAMSA Overview Evolution of Texas Student Assessments HB5 Overview TAMSA Advocacy Objectives How You Can Help 26
  27. 27. Advocacy Objectives 1. Use state-required standardized testing for diagnostic purposes only 2. Support the implementation of HB5 3. Ensure the appropriate use of standardized testing for special education, disabled, and English Language Learner (ELL) students 4. Limit state-mandated testing in grades 3-8 5. Promote no additional state-designed tests in high school 27
  28. 28. Diagnostic Testing Only • Eliminate all Texas mandated high-stakes testing • Ensure state-required exams are diagnostic, not punitive BENEFIT Identify areas where students need additional support 28
  29. 29. Support HB5 Implementation • Continue to work with TEA (responsible for implementing HB5), educators, and legislators • Ensure proper and timely implementation of HB5, including clarification of testing issues and oversight of EOC exams BENEFIT Keep the pressure on policymakers to prevent backsliding 29
  30. 30. Appropriate Use of Testing • Ensure appropriate use of standardized testing for special education students, including parental awareness and participation in the ARD process • Support use of modified tests for disabled students despite federal directive to transition away • Support reasonable phasein for English Language Learner (ELL) students BENEFIT Raise awareness and prevent students from being disproportionally harmed by inappropriate state-required standardized tests 30
  31. 31. Limit STAAR Testing in Grades 3-8 • Eliminate high-stakes tests in grades 5 and 8; Research shows grade retention does not improve student performance. • Promote limiting the number tests in grades 3-8, at least to what is required by federal law BENEFIT Change the culture of over-testing as early as possible 31
  32. 32. No Additional Required EOCs HB5 allows optional Algebra II and English III EOCs at the district’s discretion, starting in 2015-16. TAMSA opposes optional tests and advocates districts use a national norm-referenced test instead. BENEFIT Minimize state-designed standardized tests in high school, when SAT and ACT are more relevant 32
  33. 33. National Norm-Referenced Tests TAMSA believes national norm-referenced tests provide better student assessment than expensive state-designed STAAR exams: • Proven and cannot be taught • Passing rates are not manipulated • Nationally recognized EXAMPLE National Norm-Referenced Tests: Gr. 3 – 7 Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Gr. 8 EXPLORE Gr. 10 PLAN Gr. 11 ACT PSAT 33
  34. 34. TAMSA Overview Evolution of Texas Student Assessments HB5 Overview TAMSA Advocacy Objectives How You Can Help 34
  35. 35. What TAMSA’s Done • Met with legislators, parents, teachers, community groups and businesses • Worked with education and testing experts at UT Austin • Participated in TV and newspaper interviews and wrote Op-Eds and Counter Op-Eds • Testified in hearings before the House, Senate and State Board of Education • Communicates formally with TEA regarding STAAR implementation and testing issues • Updates members via e-mail, Facebook posts, Twitter 35
  36. 36. What TAMSA Members Did • Joined TAMSA, liked us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter • Acted when we sent them instructions • Wrote, emailed and phoned Legislators and the Governor tirelessly requesting support for HB5 • Participated via social media in the debate about testing in Texas schools • Met with Legislators in their districts • Testified in Austin 36
  37. 37. Continue Progress, Continue Action • Because of committed and passionate parents & voters, our voices were heard in Austin. • HB5 passed in both House and Senate chambers unanimously and limited the number of statedesigned tests in high school. • Progress will not go unchallenged; some are highly motivated to increase the number of STAAR tests. • Vigilance and continued involvement is essential. 37
  38. 38. Next Steps • Continue to work with TEA on proper and timely implementation of HB5 • Retain a strong parent voice through developing relationships with legislators and policymakers • Identify legislative issues for next session that will continue progress towards meaningful student assessments. 38
  39. 39. Please Join Us Sign up for updates on our website: www.tamsatx.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/tamsatx www.twitter.com/tamsatx Email: BoardMember@tamsatx.org 39
  40. 40. “I believe in standardizing automobiles, not human beings.” Albert Einstein 40
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