ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As COVID-19 continues to spike in Texas Representative Brooks Landgraf says one thing is clear: this is not a normal school year and legislation must reflect that.
“This is about the teachers, this is about the students, this is about everybody who has to interact in these schools that are very difficult circumstances every day. They all have very difficult jobs and it is tough out there on public school campuses across Texas,” said the Representative.
He says he has seen it for months, educators overcoming new obstacles as a result of COVID-19 and students struggling as they adjust to their new normal.
In a letter to the Texas Education Agency, he said “If COVID-19 was the reason to cancel the STAAR Test for the 2019-20 school year, then there should be no question about whether or not to cancel the test for the 20-21 school year.”
According to the Representative, “There is just no value in trying to assess students, putting all of this pressure on them and their teachers in a time when let’s face it our students are just struggling to be able to get to school.”
He isn’t the only Texas Legislator that thinks the STAAR Test needs to be cancelled. “A letter that we jointly sent has somewhere around 70 signatures and it is coming from every corner in Texas. It doesn’t take a whole lot of research to know that this is a very different type of school year and the same standardized testing rules just shouldn’t apply,” said Landgraf.