From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

August 10, 2012
Contact: Gina Dowdy, (806) 374-8994

Statement from Senator Seliger on the Release of AYP Results

AUSTIN—The Texas Education Agency announced this week that 44 percent of Texas public school campuses met federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards this year.

"I am disappointed that the federal accountability system fails to account for both the rigor and recent implementation of the STAAR system. I believe that Texas schools are successfully preparing students for college and careers at a much higher rate than is reflected in the recent release of AYP, and that there are many factors that go into that preparation which are not reflected. Educators and parents deserve to see an accurate picture of student progress and preparation, and the current federal system does not provide it. The conditions for a waiver of AYP should also be changed. They are burdensome and onerous and add nothing to the preparation of students. I believe that accountability as a whole is best left to the discretion of the states."