STAAR a break, or waste, for non-testing students

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:54am

While ninth-graders across Texas slogged through the new state English exam Tuesday morning, Bellaire High School senior Alejandro Botas caught up on sleep, homework and TV at home.

It was a school-sanctioned break. Upperclassmen at Bellaire didn't have to show up until about 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday because of the testing.

"It's nice for me, but it's definitely a huge waste of time," said Botas, 18.

The state's testing program has expanded this year, with high schools spending up to 45 days testing and retesting students. The schedule is staggered, with students in different grades and courses taking exams on different days.

Read more at The Houston Chronicle.



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