STAAR tests still affecting schools in West Texas

STAAR tests still affecting schools in West Texas

WEST TEXAS (KWES) - On Tuesday, Kelley Riley the superintendent of the Monahans-Wickett-Pyote Independent School District talked about having to deal with 66 freshman having to retake the STAAR test next month through no fault of their own. 

"I would tell you I've been in education for a long time and we've never had these kind of problems with the vending company charged with managing the state assessment tests," said Riley.

The vending company, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has been held accountable from Riley and other superintendents to Commissioner Mike Morath who canceled fifth and eighth grade retests scheduled for next week.

"The 66 students who's tests were not scored, those students on the day of testing gave their best effort in order to master the test," said Riley.

At ECISD parents have been confused as to why their kids would have to go to summer school when they passed the test. ECISD Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said there is more to just failing the STARR test.

"Most of our kids who are in summer school didn't just fail the STAAR test, they failed a class or they struggled in reading and math. This is just extra work they can do," said Adkins.

After dealing with STAAR test issues this past school year,  officials hope things are different this upcoming fall.

"I can tell you there will be changes made. They're not happy about it either. It puts a bad mark across the entire state," said Riley.

The 66 students will retake the tests July 11th. Officials believed the ETS had trouble this year because they have never dealt with such a high number of students before.

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