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Governor Abbott announced on Monday, July 27th that the STAAR test for 5th and 8th graders has been waved for the upcoming school year. Abbott waives the STAAR test in hopes of helping students cope with and succeed during the trying situation that the pandemic has created across the state of Texas and the nation.

The STAAR test or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Test is an aptitude test that is administered at the end of the school year. The way a student scores on the test helps educators to judge whether or not a particular student is ready to move onto the next grade. If students do not do well, they are typically required to retake the test at the end of summer if their scores do not coincide with grade-level standards. Each student is required to take a STAARR test. However, Gov. Abbott waives the STAAR test for 5th and 8th graders this year.

As Abbott waives the STAAR test. school districts can only administer the math and reading portions of the state-mandated test when school restarts. STAAR tests will be held in May, as usual.

Governor Abbott explains that “As always, our goal is to provide a high-quality education for every Texas student. This will be a uniquely challenging school year. Therefore, this year is about providing students every opportunity to overcome the disruptions caused by Covid-19.”

Students in 5th and 8th grade are typically required to while Abbott has changed standardized testing for some students, the traditional grading system of A through F will still remain intact but will also be adjusted due to the pandemic.

Governor Abbott believes that “By waiving these promotion requirements, we are providing greater flexibility for students and teachers, while at the same time ensuring that Texas students continue to receive a great education – which we will continue to measure with high-quality assessments,”