Lubbock Students, Parents & Teachers Call BS on STAAR Testing
While standardized tests can be a great way to make sure everyone is learning the most important aspects of the curriculum being taught in school, it certainly has its downsides, especially when it comes to the STAAR test.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, seems to scare the crud out of kids, and sometimes they just don't perform on it as well as they do in regular school.
Teachers are kept in the dark as to what is actually going to be on the test, and the constant reminder to students, paired with the ridged expectations of complete silence in the classroom and the inability to ask a single question throughout testing, can really put them on edge. Some students are fraught with anxiety when it comes to actually taking the test because it's been built up so much throughout the year that they completely and totally bomb it when the time comes.
Now that Lubbock ISD is on summer break, some students that performed well throughout the year, unfortunately, failed their end-of-the-year STAAR test and are now headed to summer school. Parents are clearly not amused.