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School Administrators Concerned With New STAAR Testing

(credit: Texas Education Agency)

GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) - There's some concern by school administrators over the new STAAR tests that will be replacing the TAKS test this year. Some school officials worry with so many standardized exams much of students class time will be taken up with testing.

The new end-of-year exams will only test kids on what they learned in a particular course for that year. The TAKS test included course testing for all four high school years.

"When you're implementing a very rigorous test, increasing standards, then you couple that with a $4 Billion cut in public ed funding, then you're gonna have some resource issues," Garland ISD Superintendent, Curtis Cullwell, told KRLD NewsRadio 1080.

The change could mean some students, who need to re-test, could spend up to 45 of 180 school days taking tests – double the amount of time for TAKS testing.

Garland ISD Superintendent, Curtis Cullwell, told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 that cuts in funding will make it hard to administer the new tests.

Cullwell says broad cuts in education funding will also make it difficult to administer the tests. "There are some resource issues that relate to textbooks and instructional material and now personnel that are going to be able to not only teach and help students but also give the test," he said.

Despite all the possible difficulties, Cullwell says he likes the more rigorous STAAR tests and believes kids will be better off in the long run.

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