If Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has any say in the matter — and he most definitely does, the state’s battery of standardized tests will resume in the spring despite pleas to suspend the assessments for the 2020-21 school year.
Morath shared those thoughts in a virtual fireside chat at Friday’s State of Public Education luncheon, held by the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Here are a few takeaways that Morath and four local educational leaders — Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser, Richardson ISD Superintendent Jeannie Stone and Dallas ISD board president Justin Henry — made during the 90-minute presentation, moderated by The Dallas Morning News‘ deputy publisher Leona Allen Ford:
The shutdown of public schools in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic led Gov. Greg Abbott to waive the administration requirements for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, tests