Education Policy

Testing that Doesn’t Hurt Children

IDRA Policy Issues for Texas 

IDRA Stands


Reliance on a single measure fails to consider factors that impact student achievement, including the fact that students have no control over inequitable school resources or the quality of teaching they receive. More importantly, the use of a single test score ignores other academic achievements, including grades, projects, college readiness measures and teacher recommendations. IGCs remain a viable option.


Statement 2019: Reported STAAR Design Flaws in Reading Show Why High-stakes Punishments Should be Removed from the STAAR

Policy Brief 2019: Don’t Block Graduation Because of a Test

Infographic 2019: Use of Individual Graduation Committees Unlocks Diplomas for 14,422 Qualified Students in Texas

Testimony: TLEC Urges Texas House to Permanently Allow the Use of Individual Graduation Committees

News Release 2017: Texas’ temporary policy relieved high-stakes for 6,000 students

Infographic 2017: Use of Individual Graduation Committees Unlocks Diplomas for Qualified Students

Article 2016: In-Grade Retention in the Early Years – What’s Holding Children Back?

Article 2001: Use of Tests When Making High-Stakes Decisions for Students

IDRA’s Accountability website

Article: Accountability that Doesn’t Hurt Students

Factsheet on Accountability that Doesn’t Hurt Students