Student Assessment Update: Cancellation of STAAR, completion of TELPAS, EOCs, and SSI

TEA just posted guidance regarding “Cancellation of STAAR Testing for the Remainder of the School Year”

In the TAA, the agency provides guidance on SSI, TELPAS, STAAR Alt 2, and EOCs…including seniors needing to pass EOCs to graduate.

The letter states,  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.”

Assessment and Accountability experts will want to review the letter closely for many important details. The TAA letter is available for download below.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and school closures… Texas waives STAAR, April’s ACT is Rescheduled, SAT Cancels the May Exam, and AP Tests are Offered Online

Texas announced Monday it is waiving STAAR standardized testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year because of the  coronavirus  pandemic, and Governor Abbott called on USDE to waive federal testing requirements. Learn more.

The ACT college admissions test scheduled for April 4 is being rescheduled for June 13, according to ACT Inc., which owns the exam. Learn more.

The College Board, which owns the SAT, announced it has canceled its exam scheduled for May 2 and would refund money for students who already registered. Learn more.

The College Board, which also owns Advanced Placement (AP) announced that it is finalizing AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional resources, including online lessons and review sessions, will be made available. We will communicate the details by March 20.  Learn more.

Which States Have Cancelled Spring Tests Because of Coronavirus?

Education Week is keeping track of the states and the tens of thousands of school closings across the country.

“States are required to get federal permission to suspend or cancel statewide tests, since they’re required by federal law. The  U.S. Department of Education has said it will consider waiving federal testing requirements  because of the “extraordinary circumstance” of the coronavirus.”

Here’s the list of states that have cancelled testing or are seeking permission to do so. Ed Week will keep updating the list, so keep checking back. Read here.

Coronavirus Part II: Homeschooling

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down.

Social media reports of parents attempting to homeschool for the first time have provided a much-needed break from the seriousness of the situation (and are providing a much needed tribute to the amazing teachers that are saints.)

Here are a couple of the more humorous moments we can all relate to and even share. Think of it as being social, but, you know, from a distance. 😉