Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assessment & Accountability Information 2020
On March 16, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year in response to the events surrounding COVID-19. President Donald Trump announced federal requirements for standardized tests are also being waived because of the coronavirus pandemic.
What does this mean for Boerne ISD students?
STAAR 3-8, STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) and STAAR Alternate 2 assessments will not be administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in April, May or June 2020.
How will the STAAR waiver impact promotion requirements for Grades 5 and 8?
STAAR will not be used to determine if students in grades 5 or 8 should advance to the next grade level. Campuses will consider other academic information to determine promotion decisions.
How will the STAAR waiver impact graduation requirements?
Normally, a student who has not passed up to two of his/her required STAAR EOC assessments may graduate through the individual graduation committee (IGC) process.
For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019–2020 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) are being waived for spring 2020.
Effectively, this means that current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass. Districts will need to determine if a student has met all other graduation requirements under TEC, §28.025(c), including successfully completing curriculum requirements or successfully completing an individualized education program.
In waiving the required performance on academic assessments under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) for spring 2020, the following applies:
- If a student is on schedule to complete instruction in the entire curriculum in spring 2020 for a course that has a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment, the student is not required to pass that specific test to fulfill graduation requirements.
- If a student is on schedule to complete graduation requirements in spring 2020 but does not have the opportunity to retake a STAAR EOC assessment prior to graduation, the student is not required to pass that specific test to fulfill graduation requirements but will need to complete the IGC process.
For students graduating in future years but taking one of the five courses with a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment this year, those students will not be responsible for meeting that EOC assessment graduation requirement if they earn course credit this year.
Please see the attached FAQ for EOC graduation requirement guidance.
Will Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) still be administered Spring 2020?
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) and TELPAS Alternate administration windows are currently open and are being extended to remain open through May 29, 2020. Scoring data will be provided for each TELPAS domain a student completes. TEA is looking at exit criteria for English learners to determine what adjustments may be made this year for this determination. These discussions are ongoing, and more information will be provided the week of 3/23.
Click on a link below for additional information:
Updated Assessment FAQs March 19 2020 3/19/2020
STAAR Cancellation TAA March 18 2020 3/18/2020
COVID19 Federal ESSA Waiver Request 3/18/2020