Beyond the Scantron
Tests and equity in today's schools
The role of testing dominates many education policy conversations from classroom practice to state accountability systems to college admissions. In this series, the expert voices of parents, educators, researchers, and policy makers discuss how assessments are built, how they are used, how they can be improved, and the critical role they play for students during the pandemic and beyond.
How Teachers Help Texas Create Its State Exams
Cindy Riney, teacher in the Montgomery Independent School District north of Houston, has served on panels that review test questions for the STAAR exams. She discusses how test questions are reviewed, refined, or rejected in Texas — and teachers' role in the process.
A handy reference for key terms
Recommendations for policy makers, district leaders, and educators
An overview of the process used to build the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam