In October 2021, Raise Your Hand Texas set out to have conversations with over 10,000 people across the state about Assessment and Accountability. We listened and learned what qualities they want most from their public schools and what they want for the future of Texas public education.
Currently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) grades Texas public schools on an A-F scale. However, for elementary and middle school campuses, the only element they are graded on is their students’ STAAR Test scores.
Our schools do more than administer the STAAR Test. Texas deserves better.
We strongly believe that our students are more than one test on one day. From last fall to May 2022, we sought out feedback from teachers, parents, administrators, students, and community members to see what else should be added to the equation that holds our schools accountable. We took their feedback, and with the help of a group of education and business leaders, teachers, school board trustees, and advocates, Raise Your Hand Texas’ Measure What Matters Council compiled a series of policy recommendations aimed at revamping our accountability system. These recommendations along with research on other accountability systems can be found in A Report from the Measure What Matters Assessment & Accountability Council.
It’s time to Measure What Matters.