Texas State Representative Reggie Smith sent a letter to the Texas Education Commissioner compared administering the STAAR test during the 2020-21 school year as a form of punishment.
The letter was sent to Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday stating to administer the test during this school year would be “extremely punitive.”
“Given the challenges schools, teachers, and students have faced due to COVID-19, I believe it would be extremely punitive to both schools and students to administer the tests this school year,” Smith stated in the letter. “Not only would it be logistically difficult to safely and securely administer the tests, the results would in no way be an accurate indicator of the quality of instruction or the abilities of our students.”
Smith said the state’s focus should be on educating students.
“This school year, as students and teachers navigate incredible challenges and a disrupted schedule, it’s critical that we immediately eliminate this requirement,” he said in a post on social media.