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HISD Anti-Testing Resolution

HISD Anti-Testing Resolution

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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.
 
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05/07/12
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, we believe that the mission of our public schools is to ensure that all
 
Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their 
 
potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and
 
educational opportunities of our state and nation; and
 
W
HEREAS
, we support high standards and accountability for results for ourselves,
 
our schools, our educators, and our students and their families; and
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HEREAS
,
the over reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessmentof learning that really matters in the state and federal accountability systems is strangling our
 
public schools andundermining the transformation of a any chance that educators have to
 
transform atraditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive o
 
n ina global stage
 
economy; and
W
HEREAS
,
 we commend Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education, for his concernabout the overemphasis on high stakes testing that has become “a perversion of its originalintent” and for his continuing support of high standards and local accountability; and
 
W
HEREAS
, State-mandated standardized tests may affect as many as forty-five
 
instructional days during the school year on a high school campus, and even interfere with the
 
normal instructional activities of students not taking such tests; and”
W
HEREAS
,
 we believe our state’s future prosperity relies
 
is dependent on a high-quality education system that prepares students for college and careers, and without such a systemTexas’ economic competitiveness and ability and to attract new business will falter; and
W
HEREAS
,
the real work of designing more engaging student learning experiencesrequires changes in the culture and structure of the systems in which teachers and students work; and
W
HEREAS
, what occurs in our classrooms every day should be student-centered andresult in students learning at a deep and meaningful level, as opposed to the s
 
uperficial level of 
 
learning that results from thecurrent over-emphasis on that which can be easily tested by standardized tests; and
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,
 W 
e believe in the tenets set out in
Creating a New Vision for Public Educationin Texas
(TASA, 2008) and our goal is to transform this district in accordance with those tenets;and

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