Stand Against STAAR for 2020-2021!!

Stand Against STAAR for 2020-2021!!

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Kimberly Norton started this petition to State Representative Erin Zwiener and

As an educator and a parent in the State of Texas, I implore you to postpone the STAAR exam for the 2020-2021 school year.  We do not currently know what the structure of public school will look like in the fall for each child, as this pandemic has clearly remained steady and a top health concern. As educators, it is essential that we meet our student's basic social-emotional needs before test preparation can be a priority. Even when those basic needs are able to be met by skilled and compassionate teachers, the looming pressure of a state scored test that serves as a report card for campuses and districts alike should not be a focus for any student or educator this year. 

Once basic social needs for students are able to be met, the focus will then be to see where students are at academically, and find a way to help them close the obvious learning gaps that will take place due the nature of regression when students are not consistently on a campus under the guidance of a teacher. Our students are not consistently attending an in-person learning environment with skilled educators present for all 8 hours to appropriately evaluate their daily progress. Pedagogically speaking, a student’s social-emotional needs MUST be met before any type of academics come into play. This year, it will take more time to build rapport considering the reality that some students will not be attending in person, in a standard classroom setting. It is unfair during a pandemic for students and educators alike to have shoulder the burden of STAAR during a pandemic. Preparation, data, changes in testing expectations, and environment are just a few of the natural stressors that exist due to STAAR testing. Teachers are determined and we will also be the first to admit that we have never taught at an expert level in this digital environment before, more less prepare students for a comprehensive state exam. It is imperative that we take STAAR off the table for the 2020-2021 school year.

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