Education bill if passed would focus more on college readiness than standardized testing
Your Valley Voice
EDINBURG–Texas’ education policy would be dramatically improved under House Bill 5, legislation, local leaders said.
The bill,coauthored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, that was overwhelmingly approved, 145 – 2, by the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 26.
The legislation, which must still pass the Senate, is designed to present a fairer, more comprehensive public view of campus and district performances. It also will help students better prepare for success in the workplace or in college, and eliminate excessive state-mandated standardized testing, which authors of the bill believe wastes time, money and resources that should be dedicated to classroom instruction.
House Bill 5, whose lead author is Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, addresses concerns raised statewide and locally by educators, taxpayers, and business leaders, the South Texas legislator said.