Texas students are already taking just one third of the number of end of course tests that they took over the previous decade..and now there's a move to reduce the number of mandatory tests even more, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"I think there is a whole lot more work that we can do in ratcheting back the obsession with standardized testing," San Antonio State Rep. Mike Villarreal told 1200 WOAI news. "I want to see us take up once again legislation to reduce the number of tests at the lower grades."
A measure passed in the 2013 sessions cuts from 15 to five the number of end of course exams requires of secondary school students.
Villarreal says the problem is that teachers are facing a situation where as much as one quarter of their school year is spent not educating and inspiring students, but preparing and administering standardized tests.
"Way too much time is spent testing students who have already demonstrated mastery of those subjects," Villarreal said.
The legislature also reduced the number of district sponsored tests that a school can administer students.
Ever since the number of tests ramped up during the administration of Gov. George W. Bush in the late 1990s, teachers have complained about 'teaching to the test' and about the emphasis placed on standardized testing in coming up with accountability ratings.
But business groups say the only way Texas can properly demonstrate that they are turning out solid students who are ready for the workplace is by administering standardized tests.
Villarreal says now the high schools are adding more vocational programs, the emphasis should not be on standardized testing, but on making sure students are graded in those vocational fields.
"Our high schools are now going to be scored on the quality of the vocational programs that they offer, and how many students are receiving valuable training to go into industries that want to hire them," he said.