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Mr. Morath’s excuses were never-the-less expected as a legal tactic to draw out the litigation—increasing the time and expense necessary for parents to get relief from a judge. However, what does come as a shock is the extent to which Mr. Morath, the TEA, its vendor Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Attorney General are working together to keep records and communications about the STAAR hidden from public view.
It is evident that the TEA realized that this year’s STAAR administration was not legally defensible. We believe the TEA has taken sound first steps towards assuring that students do not suffer the consequences for the failures of the agency.
Its failure to abide by the law invalidates the tests, the parents believe.
Commissioner Mike Morath does not agree and intends to use the test results for accountability purposes, continuing the test obsession in Texas.