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John Tanner

Executive director, Test Sense

John Tanner is the executive director of Test Sense and the author of The Pitfalls of Reform. His current work is on how effective organizations handle accountability and how best to bring those lessons to schools. He co-directs a consortium of more than forty Texas school districts attempting to do just that.

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STAAR shouldn’t be the basis for Texas school accountability

Texas’s test-addicted accountability systems are incapable of achieving their policy goals — not because tests are bad, but because they were not designed to do what has been asked of them. Texas deserves an accountability system that places student need at the center of the work. What we have in front of us is the first opportunity in a great while to do just that.