Saturday, April 21, 2012

Aligning the STARRs: A Research Talk

Aligning the STAARs in Texas’ New System of Accountability and College Readiness: Players, Politics, and Agency

A Research Talk by
Patricia D. López, M.A. – University of Texas at Austin
Associate Director of the National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP) and a Research Associate for the Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP)

Monday, April 23, 2012
MB 1.124
(1604 Campus)

This presentation will draw from a three-year ethnographic study examining the politics of Texas’ new system of accountability and college readiness. The presenter will discuss the political life of The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) beginning with the early conceptualizations of the system, the passage of House Bill 3, and the unfolding of the system into practice. An understanding of whose knowledge informed this system, and whose knowledge did not, is central to this analysis. This work also provides broader theoretical and methodological considerations for how researchers can critically engage policies in a way that moves beyond critique and incites political action across multiple communities.


· The Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

· REAL (Research for the Educational Advancement of Latin@s)