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Add in the money spent on the prep workbooks (we had reading, writing, and math for every student when I taught 4th grade), admin staff paid to write STAAR style benchmarks for five subjects four times a year, someone to sit outside the bathroom to make sure 8 year olds aren't swapping answers, an administrator to put the barfed on test in a ziplock bag and transfer the answers onto a new answer sheet (not even kidding), a forest of butcher paper to cover every single poster, alphabet line, and encouraging word, and that's just the start. The cost of standardized testing far exceeds the state's contract. What it has cost our children in learning is immeasurable. ... See MoreSee Less
School board trustees from all over Texas are calling for a full account of all expenses related to standardized testing. They know that the $90 million per year we often hear reported in the media includes little more than the state's contract with ETS & Pearson to print the test, score the test, and send out a few roaming consultants. It fails to include the bulk of direct costs paid for by the districts, most notably the salaries of teachers who are forced to proctor the tests. Recent estimates including these salaries and based on statewide financial reports indicate that we could be spending closer to $13.4 billion per year.
The Transparency in Testing bill addresses the enormous gap in current reporting by requiring districts to specify how much they spend on administering the tests on the yearly reports. We believe it is far past time that the public knew exactly how their education dollars are being spent. It is the only way we can engage in a substantive debate regarding the appropriate balance between education and assessment.
Please help us get this bill passed by contacting your state legislators today and asking them to support #TransparencyInTesting.