Looks like Schools in Texas are looking to re-work their curriculum standards for their proficiency tests. Mentioned in the Dallas News article on their website, many fourth and eighth-graders are taking tests that are below national standards. In fact, Texas is one of 15 states with low proficiency standards for their tests. Especially when it comes to reading.
To be honest, I’m not really surprised to hear that. From what I’ve heard, Texas has been low with test scores and the number of children that graduate from high school for a few years now(Actually the United States in general is low when it comes to the curriculum for testing when compared to other countries, but that’s a different subject). I’m not sure if the Board has tried to make the standards more rigorous for testing in the past, but it’s about time the schools got around to fixing up the curriculum.
What makes it worse is the standards are low on two of the subjects that are most important for students to know, math and reading.
Also, there was one part of the article that kind of made me pause and read it again:
Among the states with the most rigorous standards were Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri and South Carolina. Tennessee had the worst standards.
Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Missouri being mention as a state with rigorous standards didn’t bother me. I don’t know enough about Missouri’s proficiency standards to make a comment on them. But I do wonder about South Carolina being mentioned. Having lived there for most of my life, I just wonder how high they rank with proficiency standards, since I remember the test we had to take our sophomore year just to graduate was actually at a middle school level.
But then, it’s been four years since I’ve been in high school there so maybe they raised the standards for the test since then.
Anyway, what I think would be interesting is if the nation as a whole came up with a certain standard for all states to follow, so that if a child moves from one state to another, they won’t feel left behind or too far ahead of their classmates. I’m not sure how well something like that would work in the long-term, especially depending on money and how much each state really has to invest in the education system, but it would make everyone more equal and the system would be more cohesive instead of having diverging levels of either rigorous standards and below rigorous standards.