FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/17/2013
Rep. Huberty Responds to Federal Denial of Testing Alleviation Under H.B. 866
Austin, TX- In the 83rd session, State Representative Dan Huberty passed a bill that would have reduced the overly burdensome standardized testing of students in grades 3 through 8. Currently, those students are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to take 17 standardized tests. House Bill (HB) 866 directed the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to request a waiver from NCLB for the state in order to allow high-performing students to be exempt from some standardized tests. TEA submitted the waiver to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) last month, and just this week received the denial from the USDE. Had the waiver been approved, high-performing students would have been exempt from taking certain math and reading assessments in grades 4, 6, and 7.
"I am greatly disappointed in the federal government's lack of action on this very necessary relief of testing for students, parents and teachers. As a parent of three children in public school, who are all subject to these tests, I know firsthand the frustration and exhaustion that comes from these excessive standardized tests. My colleagues and I had high hopes that the USDE would recognize the outcry of our constituents and would allow our state to focus testing on those students who need it most, and exempt those who simply do not. However, like so many other issues we are facing, inaction on behalf of the federal government remains a constant barrier."
House Bill 866 is one of several pieces of education-related legislation passed by Representative Huberty in the 83rd Legislative Session. In his second term representing District 127, Huberty remains dedicated to addressing the many issues and challenges that lie ahead for his constituents and all Texans.