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Whether or not a fifth or eighth grade student passes the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test will not factor into that student moving on to the next grade level.
A news release from Governor Greg Abbott’s office states that the passing requirement will be waived for this school year. The A-F rating will remain in place – with adjustments.
This doesn’t mean they won’t have to take the STAAR test. There will just be one test administered in May.
“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,” Abbott stated in the news release. “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.”
Mike Morath, Texas Education commissioner, also noted that the data from these tests is valuable to educators as they prepare for the following school year.
“But there is no benefit to our children by requiring them to repeat a year based on a single test score given the disruption of COVID, so we are waiving the grade promotion requirements from STAAR this year for our students.”

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