Testing requirements for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) have been waived for the 2019-20 school year.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement of the waiver on March 16 due to the closure of public school districts across the state in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Abbott said he hopes the move helps everyone to keep the focus on the good health and well-being of students, staff members and families.
"Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty and their families," said Abbott. "We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19."
STAAR is designed to measure the extent to which students have learned and are able to apply the knowledge and skills defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards.
The governor said he will continue to work with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. The discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops.
While the typical state assessment data will not be available this year due to the cancellation of testing, TEA will continue to support schools by making other tools available to diagnose student learning. Updates can be found on the TEA website.