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House Plan Defunding STAAR May Break Federal Rules

By Will Weissert
|  Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013  |  Updated 11:35 AM CDT
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House Plan Defunding STAAR May Break Federal Rules

The Texas Education Agency says that state could violate federal rules if lawmakers pulled funding for standardized testing.

Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said Tuesday that a Texas House budget proposal to defund the exam regimen is the first she could recall. Standardized testing has taken place in Texas classrooms since 1980.

The Texas House budget proposal for 2014-15 provides no funds for the standardized test known as STAAR. A preliminary Senate budget, however, includes about $94 million annually for it.

The final state budget will look very different than what has been proposed.

Ratcliffe said No Child Left Behind laws require elementary, middle and high school testing.

Proposals to defund STAAR could spark larger debate on the state's over-reliance on standardized testing.

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