Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STARR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
According to a news release, additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
The release says Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so that they have access to the same education as other students in the district.
Governor Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level, says the release.
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. We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19
The release reads that superintendents will continue to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and their families.
Their leadership is an important part of our statewide efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect public health.