Texas schools have been told not to expect a waiver from federal math testing requirements. That means eighth grade students are scheduled to take one math test next week and another a few weeks later.
“We think that just doesn't make a lot of sense,” says TEA spokesperson Debbie Ratcliffe, “to make a child take two math tests and one of them material that they'd had the previous year. So, our waiver request asks that they just be able to take the most appropriate test.”
The Texas Education Commissioner has promised students won't be penalized by their weaker test score. The second test is scheduled for the end of the school year in May.
“We don't have an official denial in writing yet,” Ratcliffe says, “but our eighth-grade math test will be given next week, on April the First.”