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Important Changes Made to State Testing (STAAR and EOCs)
State assessments will begin in April (see district upcoming events or your campus calendar to see specific dates). Please note, all Texas State assessments must be taken on campus. Students who participate in at-home learning will have specifc on-campus testing dates. We would very much like to have as many students as possible participate in STAAR and TELPAS assessments this spring in the safest testing environment possible. Again, students must attend on-campus to take state assessments.
As a district, we must comply with federal and state laws relating to state assessments. We are also committed to providing the safest environment possible for students and staff on our campuses, including the continuation of masks, social distancing and extensive cleaning protocols. While we believe that teacher assessment of learning is extremely important, data from tests like STAAR and TELPAS can help us evaluate the impact of the COVID pandemic on student learning. Knowing your child’s data is extremely important for the next school year.
That said, we recognize that, as parents, some of you may still feel that for health reasons, coming onsite to test is not a viable option. In that case, we respect your decision, recognizing that in making that decision, your child will not be able to participate in his or her STAAR or TELPAS assessment.
Please be assured that not participating in a STAAR assessment in grades 3-8 does not affect promotion or retention decisions. However, having your child’s assessment data on file will help to know what type of interventions might be best for your child.
However, for grades 9 - 12, not participating in End-of-Course assessments (EOCs) at the high school level does have implications for students since, under current law, students are required to perform successfully on EOCs to meet graduation requirements. Although students may have future opportunities to take EOCs prior to graduation, it is important for students to participate in EOCs at the conclusion of the teaching of the course.
TEA has made a number of adjustments to help school districts provide a safe on-campus testing environment – including the option to expand the test window to space out testing and an option to provide instruction remotely to those not testing (in order to reduce the number of students on campus during testing days).
Thank you for all you have done this year to partner with us through this difficult time. If you have any questions, please contact your campus administrator.
Click here for more information. Grade-specifc documents which include testing calendars are available at the bottom of the linked page.