Leander ISD STAAR testing suspended by governor

Gov. Greg Abbott on March 16 waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Leander ISD had been scheduled to hold STAAR testing April 6-10 and May 4-15.


"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," Abbott said in the press release. "We will empower schools to make the best decisions to protect their communities from COVID-19."

LISD is on spring break. Teachers are currently scheduled to return to work March 23, with students returning March 24. At its March 12 meeting, LISD's board of trustees discussed contingency plans in case one, several or all schools are closed.

LISD has a webpage dedicated to coronavirus updates related to the district.



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