Trustees eyeing new state tests

Rockdale ISD trustees Tuesday evening heard a report on the latest “alphabet soup” of state testing which will replace the current TAKS test in 2012.

Trustees were told the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test is being phased in to replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam.

April Eschberger, junior-high principal, noted the new STAAR testing is expected to be much more academically rigorous than TAKS.

“It’s going to be more complicated,” she said.

STA AR includes an end-of-course exam for high school students which, for the first time ever on a state test, will make up a portion of course grades.

In previous years, students took tests with the acronyms TABS, TEAMS and TAAS.

TAX PRESSURES— Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, said the board needs to be prepared for state reaction to education spending shortfalls.

He said the state is expected to bring pressure on school districts to use their ability to generate local revenue.

“To them, that’s going to mean raising the local tax rate to the maximum,” he said.

That’s $1.50. Rockdale’s current rate is $1.2135.

In other business, trustees accepted the following resignations:

• Penny Curry, assistant superintendent for instruction, effective Dec. 31.

• FayeLee Cox, high school art, effective Dec. 18.

• William Korenek, transportation supervisor, effective Thursday, Oct. 14.

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