All Administrations CANCELLED
How does the closure affect STAAR testing?
On March 16, Gov. Abbott announced that the state is waiving the STAAR testing requirements. All STAAR administrations scheduled for April, May, and June 2020 are cancelled.
It is no longer required that students in 5th and 8th grade have to pass both reading and math STAAR tests in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
In alignment with the Texas Education Code, we will use local discretion on whether students should advance to the next grade. PfISD will use criteria such as:
- 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
The cancellation of STAAR tests includes STAAR Alternate 2 assessments, as well as any remaining TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate assessments or ratings.
Most seniors have already completed courses that have corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year. Normally, a student who has not passed up to two 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, have been 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. Regarding graduation celebrations, we will wait until a later date to determine if they will be held as scheduled.
Will my student be able to promote to the next grade?
The District has procedures designed to reduce retaining of students at a grade level, with the ultimate goal being the elimination of the practice of retaining students. Student grade advancement will not be impacted due to coronavirus. PfISD staff will be providing instructional support at home for students during this closure, with the expectation that all students will receive course credit for the 2019-2020 school year.