Covid - 19 Summary of Assessment Updates

  • For the 2019-2020 school year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, STAAR assessments will not be administered.  For 2020 state accountability, all districts and campuses will receive a label of Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster to recognize the closure of schools during the state's testing window. 

AP Exam Updates

  • All students should register for AP Exams this fall. This year, AP is waiving the $40 per exam cancellation fee.

    May 2021 AP Exams will match the traditional, published exam descriptions, and AP will support in-school testing in 2021. A contingency testing option will be released in early 2021 if school buildings are closed in May due to safety concerns.

    If your child is taking an AP course, they have more free support than ever to help them learn throughout the year and prepare for their May 2021 AP Exams, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit! 

    To help your child stay on track:

    • Make sure your child uses the join code your AP teacher gives them to join their class section. This will give them access to  AP Classroom where they can practice their skills, receive feedback on their progress, and see real AP Exam questions.
    • Beginning September 1, AP Daily videos, on-demand lessons led by AP teachers from across the country, will be available in AP Classroom. Along with other free resources, they provide daily support for students. Students can watch them at their own pace on a mobile device or a computer with internet access, and teachers can also include them as part of their curriculum. There will be videos available for most courses.
    • Encourage your child to register for their AP Exams in the fall so they have the chance to stand out to college admissions officers and save money on tuition with a qualifying score of three or more.

STAAR/EOC

  • STAAR Grades 3–8 Assessments
    All-State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administrations scheduled for April, May, and June 2020 are canceled. Student Success Initiative promotion/retention requirements found in the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0211 are waived for the 2019– 2020 school year. Districts will have local discretion on whether students in grades 5 and 8 should advance to the next grade, just like students in all other grades. In alignment with TEC, §28.021, criteria that should be considered include the following:

    • The recommendation of the student's teacher,
    • The student's grade in each subject or course, and
    • Any other necessary academic information, as determined by the district.

     

    STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
    Most students have already completed courses that have corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year. Normally, a student who has not passed up to two of his or 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. 

    We 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:

    For graduating seniors in the 2019–2020 school year, including seniors graduating in summer 2020:

    • Students who have not passed all EOCs but are enrolled in an EOC course as of spring 2020 (including students repeating the course due to previously not passing), the EOC assessment graduation requirement is waived for the course in which the student is currently enrolled if the student earns course credit this school year, including summer 2020.
    • The student will need to complete the individual graduation committee (IGC) process for each of the remaining EOC assessments not passed (regardless of the number), and the district will need to determine if the student has met all other graduation requirements under TEC,§28.025(c), including successfully completing curriculum requirements or successfully completing an individualized education program.
    • If the student does not earn course credit this school year (including summer 2020) and has to repeat the course, the student will be required to pass the corresponding EOC assessment to meet assessment graduation requirements.

     

    • Students who have not passed all EOCs and are not enrolled in an EOC course will need to complete the IGC process for each of the remaining EOC assessments not passed (regardless of the number), and the district will need to determine if the student has met all other graduation requirements under TEC, §28.025(c), including successfully completing curriculum requirements or successfully completing an individualized education program.

     

    For former students (from previous graduating classes) who have NOT met all their assessment graduation requirements, regardless of which assessment program they were under or how many assessments they have left to pass:

    • The student has not passed all EOCs and is not enrolled in an EOC course, the student will need to complete the IGC process for each of the remaining EOC assessments not passed (regardless of the number), and the district will need to determine if the former student has met all other graduation requirements under TEC, §28.025(c).

     

    For students who are enrolled in grade 11 or lower in spring 2020:

    • The student has not passed all EOCs and is currently enrolled in an EOC course as of spring 2020 (including students repeating the course due to previously not passing), the EOC assessment graduation requirement is waived for the course in which the student is currently enrolled if the student earns course credit this school year, including summer 2020. For these students, the waiver reduces the number of EOC assessments the student must pass to meet assessment graduation requirements.
    • If the student does not earn course credit this school year, including summer 2020, and must repeat the course, the student will be required to pass the corresponding EOC assessment to meet assessment graduation requirements.

     

    • The student has not passed all EOC's and is not currently enrolled in an EOC course because they passed the course but did not pass EOC assessment the student is still required to pass the corresponding EOC assessment to meet assessment graduation requirements and will have future opportunities to meet this requirement (e.g., December 2020 STAAR administration).

     

    • 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.

     

    STAAR Alternate 2
    The STAAR Alternate 2 administration window required under TEC, §39.023(b) and scheduled for March 30 through April 21, 2020, is canceled. For all students receiving special education services, the admission, review, and dismissal committee will continue to make educational decisions, including decisions related to required performance on academic assessments. 

    For all students who were scheduled to be administered a STAAR Alternate 2 EOC assessment in spring 2020, the assessment requirement is being waived. These students are not required to take the specific STAAR Alternate 2 EOC assessment in the future and are not responsible for passing the assessment to fulfill graduation requirements.

     

TELPAS

  • TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate
    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. District are able to complete optionally if it chooses. Scoring data will be provided for each TELPAS domain a student completes. 

SAT/PSAT

  • March and May SAT Administrations

    In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

    Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

    In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

    Future Testing Opportunities

    College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They'll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.

    They have not yet canceled June 6, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as the top priority. They are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

    Resources and Support

    To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.

ACT

  • The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

    The next ACT national test dates are June 13 and July 18. 

Texas Success Initiative Assessment

  • Texas Success Initiative Assessment
    As of 3/26/20, the College Board’s online proctoring partner is suspending its live remote proctoring services until further notice. College Board encourages questions and updates to be directed to your ACCUPLACER Outreach representative.

    Additionally, the TSIA2 release date is postponed to 9/28/20.