San Antonio, Tx (KTSA News) - The State of Texas says around 40 public schools in Bexar County fall short of the state average for the STAAR tests, 20 of which reside within the San Antonio Independent School District.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said this shows a strong need for educational improvement across the board.
"There have been real issues with this switch to the STAAR test that has uncovered some big challenges that our school districts face, in terms of educating our children and the entire high stakes testing culture in general," said Mayor Julian Castro.
Mayor Castro spoke to the 550 KTSA Morning News with Trey Ware about the issue, and said parental involvement could also go a long way in resolving the low grades.
"It's also true that parents need to take more responsibility for ensuring that their children are well educated. I've talked to a number of teachers over the years who say that it's like pulling teeth to get more than a few parents to be actively involved," said Mayor Castro.
However, some local parents believe the problem lies with both the STAAR test and the teachers who teach them.
When it comes to the teaching profession Mayor Castro thinks "we need to have folks who are better trained, who are better paid; but who also are kept on their toes more throughout their time as professionals."