On Monday, HB 2836 by Ratliff was approved on second reading by the full House on a voice vote.
Two amendments were adopted on the floor. The first amendment, by Rep. Diane Patrick, eliminates the STAAR writing test in grade 4 (the grade 7 writing test was already removed from the 3–8 system when the bill was first filed) and reinstates the social studies test in grade 8. The bill, as amended, would require the following tests:
Reading in grades 3-8
Math in grades 3-8
Science in grades 5 and 8
Social Studies in grade 8
The other approved amendment, by Rep. Mike Villareal, limits school districts from administering no more than two benchmark assessments to prepare students for the corresponding state tests in grades 3-8.
HB 2836 focuses on "readiness" standards only for accountability purposes in grades 3-8, allowing for in-depth teaching on the TEKS, with the supporting standards being used for diagnostic or reporting purposes but not as student achievement indicators.