Office of Superintendent of SchoolsBoard of Education Meeting of May 10, 2012Office of the Board of EducationMichael L. Lunceford, President
SUBJECT:DISCUSSIONAND CONSIDERATIONREGARDINGTHERESOLUTION CONCERNING HIGH STAKES TESTING ANDACCOUNTABILITY
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) school board is committed toensuring a high quality educational experience for all children and recognizes theinclusion of objective measures of academic outcomes. However, “high stakes”testing cannot be allowed to dictate the ceiling for instruction for our students.Therefore, the HISD board president is bringing forward for discussion andconsideration by the board, a resolution concerning high stakes, standardizedtesting of Texas Public School Students.The attached resolution calls on the state legislature to reconsider the current publicschool accountability system, with an eye toward developing a new system thatbetter reflects what students actually know. As of April 13, 2012, 237 school districtsacross the state have adopted similar resolutions including Aldine ISD, Clear CreekISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and Katy ISD.The proposed resolution is attached.COST/FUNDING SOURCE(S):NoneSTAFFING IMPLICATIONS:NoneORGANIZATIONAL GOALS/IMPACT:This agenda item supports HISDGoal5:Improve Public Support and Confidence inSchoolsand aligns with Core Initiative 5:Culture of Trust through Action.THIS ITEM DOES REQUIRE CONSULTATION.THIS ITEM ESTABLISHES BOARD POLICY.RECOMMENDED:That the Board of Educationdiscuss and consider adoption of the TASA and TASB endorsed resolution concerning the highstakes, standardized testing of Texas public school students,effective May 11, 2012.