The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or we call it, STAAR, test requirement for grade promotion for Texas students in Grade 5 and 8 have been waived for this upcoming school year.
Yesterday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made an announcement.
Generally, the school systems consider a student's score on the STAAR test to check if he or she should be promoted to the next grade level. The traditional A-F rating system will still be there, but certain flexibilities will be given due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Typically, students in grades 5 and 8 are asked to re-take a STAAR test late in the school year, and sometimes again in the summer, if he or she fails to meet grade-level expectations.
With the new STAAR TEST waiver guidelines, here will only be one administration of the STAAR grades 5 and 8 mathematics and reading assessments for the 2020–21 school years. The test will be conducted in May to coincide with the administration of other STAAR grades 3-8 assessments.
Abbott said, "By waiving these promotion requirements, we are providing greater flexibility for students and teachers, while at the same time ensuring that Texas students continue to receive a great education — which we will continue to measure with high-quality assessments,"