AUSTIN — The following is a statement by Doug Rogers, executive director of Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), regarding the testimony made last week by Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken at a hearing of the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development on career and technology education. Like Pauken, ATPE agrees that the testing system in public schools is “badly broken.”
“Pauken has added the voice of the business community to that of parents and educators, urging the next legislature to end the state’s over reliance on testing and instead refocus on authentic learning, teaching real world skills and the development of students capable of creative problem solving.
"Like Commissioner Pauken, we also disagree with a recent press release by a small group of special interest lobbyists, including Bill Hammond, that ties education funding to a failed testing system. Like the Commissioner, we have found a general agreement among conservative lawmakers and business leaders that the current testing system is flawed and in need of change.”