Texas: Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements for 2019-20. School districts to prepare for longer closures

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According to Gov. Greg Abbott, Students will not be required to take the STAAR test for the 2019-2020  year.
Abbott announced this news on Monday and said that he has waived the testing requirements for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and has asked the Department of Education to waive federal testing requirements for this school year.
He further added that health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the good health of students, faculty, and their families. "We will work together to empower schools to make the best decision to protect their communities from COVID-19."
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath also alerted school districts to get prepared for extended school closures due to coronavirus scare.

He further added that that could mean no more school until the end of the school year, mostly in areas hard-hit by the virus. For now, this decision is left up to the individual districts.
Gov. Greg Abbott said that he is closely working with the Texas Education Agency to ensure that schools continue to provide instruction to students during their absence from school. This includes instruction for students with special needs who are ready to move on to the next grade level.
Hundreds of Texas school districts are considering the possibility of an even longer break.

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