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Texas to Change Grade Level Requirements with STAAR Tests

Adding to the ongoing conversations around the use of assessments in the upcoming school year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that the state’s standardized assessment, the STARR exam, will be administered. However, results from the tests will not be used to make decisions about a...

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Accountability, Testing Requirements Waived for all Texas Schools

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...

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State ESSA Plan vs. State Law in Lone Star State?

According to Houston Public Media, some experts say portions of Texas’ ESSA accountability plan—which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education—are “promising,” but there are also concerns. Anne Hyslop notes that Texas “is one of only a few states using a competition to...

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Lone Star State submits final ESSA plan to feds

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted its final ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on March 6. The initial draft was submitted in September of 2017 and, since that time, “TEA and Department of Education staff have been in ongoing conversations to answer questions on...

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Texans Continue to Respond to Check State Plans

In a blog post, Texas Aspires’ Molly Weiner argues that, “We must make bold, ambitious choices in the coming years to rapidly improve public education in Texas,” and policymakers must be “thoughtful and meticulous about how we measure performance, regardless of the discomfort we might...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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