Nacogdoches ISD superintendent says use STAAR test, but not for accountability

Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 1:29 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - “Testing and accountability. Those are two different animals,” said Nacogdoches ISD superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

He wants legislators to know the difference when they make a decision over the use of the STAAR test.

Accountability is the debatable label that the state puts on success.

“Testing, however, is something there that can inform, can guide, can redirect and connectively empower our curriculum and our teachers and what we need to do to adjust,” defined Trujillo.

And there’s been a lot of adjustment this school year. So educators say, for now, “shelve” the accountability derived through one test.

“Give you a good example why this is important,” said Trujillo. “We’re still waiting for devices to arrive, but there are some regions of the state they did get the devices that will assist in the delivery of instruction.”

Trujillo doesn’t foresee STAAR not coming in the spring.

“They’re packaging it. They’re printing it. The test questions have been generated. The test is there.”

With the hope it’s used for assessment and not accountability.

Dr. Trujillo commends educators and students for putting in months of hard work through unprecedented challenges. He said it would be a “travesty” for the school year to end with an unfavorable label.

Such as the overall ratings two Nacogdoches Elementary schools received last year.

Carpenter Elementary got a ‘D’ rating and Fredonia Elementary a ‘F’ rating. This week the school board approved an updated plan on how the schools and district will work toward continuous improvement. That plan will be submitted to the Texas Education Agency for approval in December.

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