State Board of Education seeks public input
about assessments and accountability
AUSTIN - The State Board of Education (SBOE) is issuing
a survey in English and Spanish to seek public input about
the state’s current assessment and accountability programs
and gather suggestions for future program development.
The survey will be open online to all Texans through June 30.
From October 2015 to March 2016, SBOE members held nine
Community Conversations meetings around the state, meeting
with more than 500 citizens to gather comments about the
state’s student assessment and accountability systems. The
online survey addresses the issues raised during the community
meetings and allows for additional input from educators, parents,
business people and students.
"Our constituents often talk to board members about testing and
school ratings issues," said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich. "I felt it
was also important for board members to have in-depth discussions
to learn what educators, parents, business people and others want
from these two high profile programs. I believe our findings will be
useful in shaping the next generation systems."
The information gathered from the survey and the Community
Conversations will be compiled into a report and presented to
the SBOE for its consideration at its July 19-22 meeting. Once
adopted, the report will be provided to legislative leaders and the
Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability.
The 15-member commission, created by the Texas Legislature, is to
make recommendations for statutory changes to the state’s
assessment and accountability systems. The commission report is to be submitted to the governor and legislature by Sept. 1.
The survey is available in English
and in Spanish at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2851839/Encuesta-de-evaluaciones-y- responsabilidad-educativa-del-estado.
Bahorich encourages Texans to share the link to the surveys
to encourage widespread participation.
Comments gathered at each of the Community Conversations
are available at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State
For more information
about the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability, please visit http://tea.texas.gov/2804Commission.aspx.