Email, DeEtta Culbertson, information specialist, TEA, Sept. 9, 2013

> From: Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com>

> Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:46:39 +0000

> To: DeEtta Culbertson

> Subject: Checking

>

> DeEtta:

>

Good afternoon. Is it correct that the 2013 Legislature reduced the number of state tests in grades 3-8 from 17 to 8?

>

If not, what would be correct?

>

> Thanks.

>

> g.

11:20 am

Sept. 9, 2013

No. if the federal  waiver is approved, then according to HB 866, students in 3-8 will be required to take eleven tests. Those who do not pass the required tests, will have to take additional tests.

The grades 3–8 assessment system defined by HB 866

would include these assessments:

Eleven required administrations (i.e., required for all

students):

• reading: grades 3, 5, 8

• mathematics: grades 3, 5, 8

• writing: grades 4 and 7

• science: grades 5 and 8

• social studies: grade 8

Six contingent/optional administrations (i.e., required

for students who did not achieve a high enough score

on a previous grade’s subject test or administered to students in a district that chooses to administer the

tests):

• reading: grades 4, 6, 7

• mathematics: grades 4, 6, 7

DeEtta