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January 24, 2017
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution concerning the A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools during its regular monthly meeting on January 23, 2017.
By approving the resolution, the Granbury school trustees join several school districts urging the Texas Legislature to repeal this system and “develop a community-based accountability system that empowers school districts to design their own internal systems of assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards, allows districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet the needs and interests of each student and their communities.”
The resolution further urges state legislative leaders to “reduce the use of high-stakes, standardized tests, encompass multiple assessments, reflect greater validity, and more accurately reflect what students know and can do in terms of rigorous standards.”
Citing the use of similar rating systems by at least 16 states, the board resolution states there is no definitive research that suggests these ratings have improved student or school performance.  Moreover, the board argues that a majority of Texans do not want standardized test scores to serve as the primary basis for a public accountability system, according to a recent statewide survey conducted by the State Board of Education.
Trustees along with superintendent Dr. James Largent have consistently pointed to flaws in the state testing system and the current State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams.  “The STAAR provides little meaningful information to guide student learning, inform teachers, or report academic progress to parents,” the resolution states.
The resolution is signed by board president Nancy Alana, vice president Mark Jackson, secretary Dr. Barbara Herrington, Rhonda Rezsofi, Micky Shearon, Chris Tackett, and Barbara Townsend.

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