Texas TEGNA poll: Broad support for eliminating STAAR test

Texans are overwhelmingly in support of eliminating the standardized STAAR test and allowing school districts to administer their own accountability systems, according to a Texas TEGNA poll released Friday morning.

The Texas TEGNA poll, conducted by polling service Survey USA, shows 65 percent of adults are in favor of eliminating the test. Twenty-one percent voted to keep the test and 14 percent were unsure.

Eight-hundred adults were surveyed on the future of the STAAR test, which replaced the repealed TAKS test in 2012.

State Rep. Jason Isaac called for a suspension of the test earlier this year, stemming from problems during springtime testing.

“Flawed testing practices threaten the State of Texas’ ability to fulfill our education system’s goals — and our children’s futures,” Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, said in an August statement. “The litany of errors being uncovered about STAAR is simply a disservice to our students, hard-working teachers, and families.”

At least 62 percent of every gender and age demographic widely oppose the STAAR test, according to Friday’s Texas TEGNA poll.

The largest support for eliminating the test came from Hispanic Texans, 75 percent of whom were in favor. Nineteen percent opposed the measure and only six percent were undecided.

Broad support came from every political affiliation as well. At least 55 percent of those polled from each party supported getting rid of the STAAR test.

Liberal voters had the biggest group of “unsure” answers, with 24 percent undecided among them. Twenty-three percent opposed eliminating the standardized test.

The poll also showed wide support for a bullet train from Dallas to Houston, if no tax dollars are used. A staggering 76 percent of those polled support a privately built train connecting the state’s two largest metro areas. Only 10 percent of those polled oppose the high-speed rail.

The bullet train has been met with opposition from residents in rural counties along the planned route. Efforts from representatives of those counties to block the measure have failed.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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