Rep. Brooks Landgraf files legislation to eliminate STAAR test

ODESSA -- State Representative Brooks Landgraf is looking to eliminate the use of the STAAR test.

According to a release, Landgraf filed House Bill 736 which would eliminate the state's current testing systems including the STAAR test from being used as substitutes for accountability measures.

"The state's attempt to ensure academic readiness and hold school districts accountable for student achievement through standardized state-wide testing has failed," Landgraf said in the release.

Landgraf says that the test puts too much of a burden on students and teachers and forces teachers to "teach the test" instead of coming up with creative methods to teach.

In my view, we should value teaching over testing,” Landgraf said in the release. “This bill will allow us to get back to the basics of education so that Texas students are prepared for college, the workforce or the military when they graduate.”