Proposed Strategy

  • As a strategy for moving forward with the development of high-priority learning standards, the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium districts recommended, in its 2014 report, that elected state officials consider short- and long-term strategies.

    Short-term Solutions

    • Test readiness standards only.*

    • Include more test items per standard.

    Long-term Solutions

    • Develop/prioritize/coalesce high-quality, fewer, deeper learning standards designed in accord with future-ready learning, college/career readiness, and expectations of the global workplace.

    • Establish assessment expectations that rely less on multiple-choice items and more on rigorous, performance tasks.

    • Reduce the number of tested grade levels and/or standards.

    • Allow for stratified random sampling of students to accommodate the complexity and cost of administering and scoring performance tasks.

    *Cannot be applied as a long-term strategy due to the progressive, interconnected nature of PK-12 learning standards

HPLS Concept Paper