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STAAR Exam and Its Negative Effects on Schools

STAAR Exam and Its Negative Effects on Schools

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - December 21st, 2014

The STAAR exam, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, was introduced in 2012, replacing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills which was the most common assessment tool used in public schools for several years in Texas. The students are not the only ones assessed by the STAAR exam but also the schools.

Public schools in Texas are required to conduct the STAAR test to their students before the school year ends. According to its makers, the STAAR helps determine the academic progress of students in key subjects taught in school. Though it’s effective in this department, many schools experienced the negative effects of this STAAR exam.

  • Expensive – this statewide test is expensive. The government provides the budget but it’s not enough to cover other expenses like review materials and sample STAAR tests for students. Oftentimes, the school, teachers, or students themselves have to pay for them. They need these materials in order to pass the big test.
  • Discriminatory – if you think students are the only ones who are greatly affected by STAAR test results then you’re mistaken. The school is also under a lot of pressure. That’s because whatever scores the students get in the test, the overall performance of the school will be greatly affected. Remember that the scores will be compared with those of other schools and you can just imagine how embarrassing it is to find your school in the bottom rank.
  • Too much pressure- the schools must do their best to prepare students for the STAAR so it’s no surprise that they’re also under a lot of pressure. Teachers must come up with effective teaching and review strategies. There are other schools that need to make adjustments in their schedule just to accommodate review classes for the STAAR exam. If the school is not performing academically well, the pressure is doubled. The same goes to schools that are already on top because they can’t take any chances and disappoint those who are expecting a lot from them.

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I hate it the Starr test so much!!!!

Louise.A/ Phoebe.A

I cried and cried at home and threw a tantrum whenever my teacher said the STAAR test is coming up!! It is a terrible experience for us and our parents! my parents HATE the STAAR test. And it doesn’t track our progress at all, and the TEXAS EDUCATION is just using us for money!!!!!! : ( it isn’t what it says that no student will be left behind really it leaves many students left behind because they get so stressed out that they do badly and they have to do summer school or have to repeat the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it only gives us 4 hours to do a 50-question test PS: I am thinking of leaving school because I am tired of doing STAAR tests and just being used for money!

We are really sorry to hear about the distress the STAAR test is causing you. It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with the whole situation. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this – many students and parents share your concerns about the impact of standardized testing on education.

One option that you and your parents might consider is opting out of the STAAR test. It’s important to have a conversation with them about your concerns and explore the possibility of opting out. This way, you can avoid the stress and anxiety associated with the test, while still remaining in school and focusing on your overall education.

However, we encourage you not to give up on your education altogether. School provides you with valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences that can help shape your future. Leaving school due to the stress of the STAAR test might seem like a solution, but it could ultimately limit your opportunities and potential for growth.

Please talk to your parents and share your feelings with them. They can help you explore alternatives to the STAAR test, and together you can decide on a path that works best for you. Remember, your education is important, and there are ways to navigate through these challenges without giving up on school entirely. Stay strong and don’t hesitate to reach out for support!

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