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Gov. Abbott waives grade promotion requirements for ‘20-’21 STAAR Testing

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test will not be a factor in promoting students in grades 5 and 8 for the 2020-2021 school year. The decision was announced by Gov. Greg Abbott via a press release on July 27.

According to the release, the traditional A-F grade system will remain in place, with adjustments due to COVID-19. Typically, school systems must take into account a student’s score on the STAAR test to determine whether the student can be promoted to the next grade level.

“As always, our goal is to provide a high quality education for every Texas student,” Gov. Abbott said. “This will be a uniquely challenging school year, therefore, this year is about providing students every opportunity to overcome the disruptions caused by COVID-19. 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.”

For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Graham Leader.

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