TRUSTEES ADOPT RESOLUTION ON STATE ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM
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.