STAAR Testing Suspended on First Day; Lubbock and Frenship ISD Statements
On the first day of STAAR testing (Tuesday, April 6th), testing was suspended after multiple students were unable to either start or complete their online test.
It's being reported that those in Grade 4 Writing, Grade 7 Writing and English I were the ones that were affected by these widespread connectivity issues.
Texas Education Agency officials have said:
All involved in public education in Texas should expect better than what they have experienced today; we are working to ensure that our students do not experience future testing issues.
Students who were unable to either start or complete their online English I STAAR test will be allowed a retest on Tuesday, April 13th Those in Grade 4 or Grade 7 online writing will be able to use the remaining testing days in the week to complete their writing assessments.
Lubbock ISD confirmed this in their statement:
Lubbock ISD high school students who were not able to start or complete their online English I STAAR EOC assessment today will test next Tuesday, April 13. Students who were not able to start or complete the grades 4 or 7 online writing assessments will have the opportunity to do so the remainder of this week.
Frenship ISD issued their own statement:
Approximately 94 Frenship students opted to take their test online this morning. Of those, some students were able to successfully submit their tests while others experienced the connectivity issues described by TEA.
Frenship ISD parents will be informed on what to do for the students who weren't able to finish testing in the near future.
The Texas Tribune reports that there isn't a penalty for elementary and middle school students who didn't show up or failed their STAAR test for this year. The test is said to not affect students' abilities to go to the next grade. However, high school students are still required to pass 5 subject-specific courses by the time they graduate.
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