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TASA Testifies Against Campus A-F Ratings Bill

03.12.2015 — During the March 12 Senate Education Committee meeting, TASA expressed opposition to SB 6, a bill that would require Texas campuses to receive A-F performance ratings rather than ratings of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable.

Amy Beneski, associate executive director of governmental relations, told committee members that labeling campuses A-F would not accurately capture all facets of a school’s success or failure as long as the accountability system is centered on standardized test results.

“We don’t believe that a single letter grade for a campus will serve as a true reflection of what all is being taught and accomplished by students, teachers, and others at a particular campus for an entire school year — if based primarily on standardized test scores,” she said.

Several superintendents, including Granger ISD’s Randy Willis, Laredo ISD’s Marcus Nelson, Elgin ISD’s Jodi Duron, and Bloomington ISD’s Delores Warnell, also spoke against the bill.