Accountability, Testing Requirements Waived for all Texas Schools

Accountability, Testing Requirements Waived for all Texas Schools

April 2, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) received federal approval last week “to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements” under the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2019-2020 school year. In light of the mandatory school closures due to COVID-19, “all districts and campuses will receive a label of ‘Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.’” Schools previously identified for support and improvement in 2019—whether comprehensive, targeted, or additional—“will maintain that label and interventions for 2020-2021.” Schools that were ordered to prepare a turnaround plan are still strongly encouraged—although not required—to implement the approved plan.