TEA launches optional end of year exams, Valley schools weigh in

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — The Texas Education Agency has launched a tool for both parents and educators to test how much knowledge students have learned during the school year. The agency is offering free on-line end of year assessments.

Governor Greg Abbott suspended STAAR testing because of COVID-19, but the agency says the test does not replace the STAAR test. TEA says the test will show how much your child has mastered grade-level knowledge.

TEA also says the results will not be used for accountability purposes.

“Well its something very important to know, what they have learned during this time before the pandemic began.” says parent Maria Moreno

The test is completely optional but we asked area districts if they planned on using them. Mission, Harlingen and IDEA Schools say they will not use the test.

While PSJA and Edinburg CISD says they will leave the test as an option for parents.

McAllen ISD has yet to decide and Brownsville ISD did not respond to our request.

“I think we should really take them since we were not able to take the STAAR, and we work so hard throughout the year.” says student Jessika Moreno.

Parents can register their children for the exams from now through June 5th here.

Students will have until June 12th to take the tests.

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