BISD Board calls for less standardized testing
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
At their regular monthly meeting on Monday, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution against overreliance on high stakes standardized testing. This move was in response to a concern by the BISD Board about the State's new testing and accountability system. Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and the Texas Association of School Administrators urge support of this resolution which requests that legislators reexamine the current system of testing and develop a new system which more accurately reflects student knowledge of subject matter. Belton ISD joins 123 other districts across the State in support of this resolution.
The resolution states that the "overemphasis on high stakes testing has become a perversion of its original intent" and that "imposing relentless test preparation and boring memorization of facts to enhance test performance is doing little more than stealing the love of learning from our students and assuring that we fall short of our goals."
For the 2012-2013 school year, school districts are expected to administer high stakes tests to students a minimum of 39 days, including testing in nine of the 12 months from August 2012 to July 2013.