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Rep. Mike Villarreal: Don’t Let Our Kids Tune-Out Education

Like so many parents, I’m dismayed that the state’s standardized testing regime has taken over our classrooms.  Last spring the state began implementing the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, which requires annual testing for students from third grade through their senior year in high school.  High school students are now required to take up to 15 exams in order to graduate.  Some local school districts are devoting more than 20% of instructional days to testing.